Tonyblack wrote:And does the staff have a mind of its own? It actually makes Esk feel pain when Granny tries to burn it. This is odd as it goes out of its way to protect her in other parts of the story.
Billett had 1 agenda --to make certain the 8th offspring carried his "wizardness," as Smith put it.
Billett himself did this by becoming part of the apple tree.
He could look out for his protege better if he was near her.
His staff was an extension of him, so its job was also to look out for Esk.
Like Billett, the staff was juvenile, selfish and (probably) a right bastard.
Granny, tea leaves, hypocrisy. Et al.
I love Granny Weatherwax, she does what she has to when she has to and hang the consequences because they are for later.
She has an agenda not unlike Billett and his staff's --to look out for Esk. But Granny takes it farther. Not simply the passing-on of the magic, but the knowledge of easing into it.
Telling Mrs W's fortunes is the fastest way into the University.
Esk is talented, certainly. But she is also very young and, even with the right bastard of a staff around, she needs someone with a wiser head and more experience to keep an eye.
Cutangle laughed at Esk. Granny knows he doesn't take her seriously and she also knows the Things do. So she keeps herself close by using whatever means she can.
Although Granny in a red-lined cape... Yeah, she could pull that off.
ps: Sharlene, it's very good to hear from you, even at two removes.
No, don't fall down. It hurts.