Haven't had a chance to post this week as I'm up to my ears in doctor's appointments. It seems that the blood pressure medication I've been on for about 10 years I've developed an allergy to. Just how long is any one's guess. But it's taking a long time to recover from the damage it's done. Don't have time to do anything right now with the Golem King of Prague (J.I.B--see photo-- it's amazingly like the King golem in this book).
Has anyone else noticed that it seems very likely Pratchett has made the cabal of wealthy nobility the hidden villains in Feet of Clay
. When they fail to de-throne Vetinari this time , they try again in The Truth
. In this book, the Dragon King at Arms is their tool, just as Slant is in The Truth
. The point of view of these "unseen" movers and shakers is remarkably similar, and rather frighteningly close to the attitudes displayed by some of the monied "nobility" of our time. The head of the IMF who clearly believed he was above the law, as well as all too numerous lecherous and/or corrupt politicians in this country provide current examples.
They see everyone except themselves as a different (perhaps non-human) breed who can be treated as they choose. The scene in which Vimes almost throttles the sewing factory owner who treats both golems and human workers as things gives us Vimes's view (and Pratchett's) of the evil, filthy nature of this type -- Sam says to him:
I mix with crooks and thieves and thugs all day and that doesn't worry me at all but after two minutes with you I need a bath. And if I find that damn golem I'll shake its damn hand, you hear me?
I find it interesting that Granny's view of evil is treating people as things--it's apparently Pratchett's also.