whoops things have moved on - but although Jeff's thinking along the same lines I'm coming at the personal/important dichotomy from the other direction...
:roll: I know it's from Jingo.
I never said it was from T5E, but as SW was using it, I used it too.
Vetinari knew Carrot was going to Uberworld, didn't he? (can't be bothered to check)
How do you know it wasn't something in the fake scone investigation that made him go?
Vimes, Detritus, Cheery and Angua were selected by Vetinari as the diplomatic team on the basis that Carrot was left in charge in AM - Angua herself went AWOL with Gavin before
she knew she was being sent there so Carrot was organising the Watch to find her. Then
he got her note saying what she was doing and that's when he bolted after her.
If Vetinari had said Carrot had to go too and so Colon was going to end up in charge Sam would have flatly refused to go, so no, Vetinari didn't
anticipate it and how could he have known about Gavin's intervention?
I think the whole 'personal is not the same as important'
thing is a very subjective statement and depends on what
is important. For instance having severe constipation is very personal thing indeed, but in Jingo it's not
as important as missing the boat to the war in order to look for a good laxative.
In that instance personal, (as in Angua's wolf-napping) isn't as important as leaving the city to stop the war, because it happened whilst she was on duty and in the end she was going where Carrot and the Watch was going anyway.
In TFE Angua IS more important because she doesn't go with the official delegation and she's effectively saying she's gone and (probably) won't be back - but is still going to the place Vetinari wants her to be. Carrot's faced with no Angua anywhere and so he follows her because this time personal is the need to do his duty and balancing that, when he knows the werewolf he loves is in some kind of danger because of her family, is more important to him.
Time has an effect too as he and Angua after Jingo have grown closer and also there's no real danger in leaving A-M 'unprotected' from Colon because Vetinari will not let that happen past a certain point. Plus Nobby and Colon start to cancel themselves out, without doing that much harm to the city
which is of course Vetinari's priority - if there had been any real danger of a massive crime wave then Vetinari would have 'taken measures'. In TFE personal and important are reversed from what they are in Jingo leaving Carrot able to choose Angua as more important.
I'm not too convinced that Carrot still sees himself as a dwarf either - he's fully embraced his role as a policeman now, with a special knowledge of dwarf culture perhaps. This also ties in with important because he knows that the political climate in Uberwald's very unstable and if Angua's family are in the thick of that he knows that Angua will be going into a very dangerous situation and this also adds to his anxiety for her. The city's simply not the important
issue in for him TFE, except that he doesn't stop to think how much of a hash Fred will make of the Watch without him and Vimes around - and even then the city will survive whilst Angua might not. For a lovelorn copper he's gonna go with his heart this time.