raisindot wrote:[AVAST, THERE BE LITTLE SPOILERS AHEAD]
Yes, I thought that by the end of Making Money Vetinari was subtly grooming Moist to be the next patrician--a different kind of patrician, one who rules through showmanship and grifting rather than quiet diplomacy and behind the scenes manipulation. But we see in Raising Steam that, seven years later, Moist is still Vetinari's indentured servant, albeit a very wealthy, highly respected and very happily married one.
Yes, of course - Vetinari is still alive, still in position - but Moist is being carefully trained, and Vetinari won't live forever. When the day comes, Moist will be able to step in, all the more easily because he's very good at making people like him, and unlike Carrot's "krisma," Moist's talents work long-term. Vetinari uses showmanship when he wants to, as he did when he insisted that Vimes arrest him. Grifting is just another word for manipulation by deception. They are very much alike; Vetinari is making sure that Moist feels he has a stake in the city, a stake worth protecting.
But any further specific discussion should probably move to the Making Money thread.