Jan Van Quirm wrote:Yes we like to dress up once in a while, but I think the real reason Granny wanted the full monty opera gear was to squander Nanny's earnings - just keeping her hand in with the general spitefulness. She's not nice remember
That does make sense. Initially, it seems strange (anc cruel) that after strong-arming Nanny to go to AM in the first place to get her "fair share" of the book profits, Granny then quickly spends the money on herself (and, let's face it, she didn't need to get the frippery or purchase the box; she could have easily have gotten in there on her own). It basically makes Granny look like all she wants to do is make sure that while no one takes advantage of a witch, no one witch gets an advantage over another--or at least, no witch gets the advantage over *her*. Which is thoroughly consistent with Granny's character and her belief that witches are basically selfish.
Maybe all of this stems from Granny's jealousy (never explicitly mentioned) over Magrat leaving the coven and giving up (at least temporarily) the witch's life? Since she no longer has control over Magrat, she needs to use her headology and meddling to re-establish the 'pecking order' of the coven, with her in charge.
So, while Nanny can get paid what she's owed in royalties, she ultimately cannot be richer or more famous than Granny, because this might give Nanny an undue advantage in the coven. Agnes can't achieve stardom in AM because this conflicts with Granny's vision of her as the "maiden" in the coven. As always, when all is said and done, Granny gets what she wants. Which is Granny to the core.
Which would be all nice and good if this were a story about Granny, rather than Agnes. Oh, wait, it is about Granny. She can't even let another witch take center stage in a story where she's not supposed to be the protagonist! In some ways, Granny has the temperament of the oldest six year old on DW. But that's part of why she's such a great character.