Tonyblack wrote:Granny Aching seems to have been a witch even if she doesn't call herself one - she may not even have known that she was a witch.
The witches in the mountains are very openly witches and have a certain amount of respect for being so. But for the large part they seem to be midwives, nurses, social workers and they bring a certain amout of law to places that haven't got an organised system.
But what do you think of the Discworld witches?
silverstreak wrote:Jan's right,Nanny Ogg is the top banana[I think I stopped spelling that in
the right place] in midwifery and councilling.But you can't forget her expertise in drinking and cookery.
I think that Granny admires some of Nanny skills and even admits that she's better at some things than her. Nanny is better with people (I still don't like her though ).Ogg wrote:I'm sure I read somewhere than Nanny Ogg (my personal favourite) could well be the most powerful of the witches. Was it in Maskerade when Granny Weatherwax commented upon Nanny's supernatural skill at getting people to open up to her, a skill she'd wished she learned herself?
Granny Weatherwax doing good while Nanny Ogg bandages the owunded...or something like that.
I'm aware that Sir Terry based the Nanny Ogg character on one woman (and a recognisable character at that) but I swear he's must've met my own dear departed Gran back in the day
"'Can I learn that?'
'I dare say. It's not hard, if you get your mind right'
'Can you teach me?'
'I just have. I showed you.'
'No, Granny, you just showed me how to do it, not . . . how to do it!'
'Can't tell you that. I know how I do it. How you do it will be different. You've just got to get your mind right.'
'How do I do that?'
'How should I know? It's your mind,' snapped Granny."
"We look to . . . the edges," said Mistress Weatherwax. "There's a lot of edges, more than people know. Between life and death, this world and the next, night and day, right and wrong . . . an' they need watchin'. We watch'em, we guard the sum of things. And we never ask for any reward. That's important."
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