Guards! Guards! Discussion Group *Spoilers*

Moderators: Jason, Toothy, Tonyblack

Postby Exp. Date, the rat » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:27 am

If I remember correctly, i think Terry said that the Watch books were going to be about Carrot and not Vimes, but he likes Vimes as a primary character over Carrot. I am glad that he did, since Carrot has flattened out as a main character a while ago.
A legal Feegle? How could there be such a thing?
Today I feel like I am soaring like a tortoise!
Exp. Date, the rat
Member
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:17 pm
Location: Bad Blintz

Postby poohbcarrot » Wed Jul 08, 2009 1:31 pm

poohbcarrot wrote:
Jan Van Quirm wrote:
Hmmm? :P I'm wondering here whether you're a younger man than I thought Kakaze... You may have overlooked some important womanly attributes - and for once I think pooh may actually back me up with (some) of this...

Women are not logical for one thing -


I'll back you up, no worries! :lol:

Women? Mad as snakes, the lot of'em! Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em! :lol:


My apologies for that, I couldn't resist it. :lol:

To appear fair and balanced;

Women have many faults.
Men have only two,
Everything they say
And everything they do
Image
"It's better to belong where you don't belong than not to belong where you used to belong,
remembering when you used to belong there"
-Sneebs
poohbcarrot
Member
 
Posts: 1557
Joined: Wed Dec 31, 2008 4:15 pm
Location: Japan

Postby mspanners » Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:05 pm

Is he the king in this book? It's interesting that Terry hints at it throughout the book but never actually supplies any evidence.




Sorry I am a little late joining in but been v busy!

True in Guard! Guards! there is little to show carrot is anything other then a quite nice Dwarf (adopted) apart from Vetinari taking an interest in the sword, but in later books we see more evidence of this which may also be circumstantial we just don't know because Carrot took the book and hid it.. so is there any concrete proof of Carrots Royal Blood line? :shock:
User avatar
mspanners
Member
 
Posts: 943
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:46 pm
Location: Bridgwater Somerset

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jul 08, 2009 2:40 pm

The sword of the King of course! :D

The swordiest sword ever with not a hint of magic in its makeup, unlike the flash 'legendary' job that Wonse (squiggle) got his nephew and was of course completely useless. King's don't need magic or indeed legends, although they can make them - they just need the bloodline and a very good strong sword arm :twisted:

On this evidence Carrot is most certainly a contender, but any relationship to the last king of A-M is well dodgy as it must have been many generations back and so any bloodline would be hopelessly diluted and debased in the meantime. And that ties into Vime's ancester too of course so certainly as far back as that :).
Isn't there some old pre-urban myth that all the aristocracy of England could claim descent from Edward III (who had bucket loads of kids) over a few generations to Tudor times and that by now most indigenous English people would have some kind of link to that royal Plantagenet line? :lol:

Oh and pooh - thanks v. much for the back up. I couldn't have asked for more support than you gave there! :wink:
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw
User avatar
Jan Van Quirm
Member
 
Posts: 10635
Joined: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:07 pm
Location: Dunheved, Kernow

Postby Dotsie » Wed Jul 08, 2009 4:36 pm

I completely agree with you about Sybil, but I just don't think she's very attractive in GG, whereas in later books she really comes into her own (as Tony says, because she probably got more story lines than was originally intended).

As for Carrot, we were lead to believe the evidence was pretty concrete by Wossname, the head of the Thingy guild (no spoilers!). If it wasn't, why the need to hide it anyway? And of course, the trick with the sword gives it away, not to mention the birthmark...
What's up with this glass? Excuse me? Excuse me? This is my glass? I don't think so. My glass was full! And it was a bigger glass!
User avatar
Dotsie
Member
 
Posts: 9430
Joined: Mon Jul 28, 2008 11:07 am

Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:01 pm

Trish wrote:
poohbcarrot wrote:
Jan Van Quirm wrote:Women are not logical for one thing -


Women? Mad as snakes, the lot of'em! Can't live with 'em, can't shoot 'em! :lol:


True, Jan, but we are much more pragmatic.
Again, reference Sybil: she does what she can how she can and lets go of the rest.

Yes, poohb. But I'm in America and I can fire back.
Soon as I get the laser sight for my Mossberg back from whichever cat has it under the couch.
Again, reference Sybil. What's considered outlandish by many (feeding and breeding dragons) is just plain enjoyable for others. Except the under the couch bit.


Hey Trish, we can work together and perhaps even take over part of Indiana and make a bi-directional Trebuchet... it has possibilities.

Does your espoused-sig-other ride those silly machines I mentioned earlier? It is altogether too much testosterone. :lol:
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
User avatar
Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit
Member
 
Posts: 3885
Joined: Tue May 05, 2009 7:25 pm
Location: Byron IL USA and The Quirm School for Young People ... it's genetic, you know

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:04 pm

As Wonse and the Brotherhood say - if the city is in peril then the rightful king will turn up to save the day. Of course they don't really believe that and therefore they create a king.

If we assume Carrot is the rightful king, then his arriving in A-M when he did is more than coincidence - it's destiny that he should be there. And he certainly plays a large role in saving the city.

So right from the start Terry is suggesting that Carrot is the king, but he's leaving doubt in the mind of the reader and allowing us to make up our own minds. At the end of the book it still isn't certain that he is the heir - but there's some slight evidence that suggests it.

The sword is unmarked and apparently very ordinary. Who is to say that it's not the sword that cut the fancy one in half but the person holding it? Terry certainly doesn't and although Vetinari shows a great deal of interest in the sword, we never find out for certain what it is that catches his interest.

As far as the birthmark goes - as Colon says - his brother has a birthmark shaped like a boat, but that doesn't make him an admiral. :)

The later books make things very clear, but at this stage and in this book, they are far from being clear.
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 29334
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Postby Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit » Wed Jul 08, 2009 5:11 pm

Carrot doesn't Want to lead. He just wants everyone to get along. I suspect that between the Patrician and himself, they both realize that he is supposed to be the rightful heir, but they both are happy with the status quo, and Carrot is happy where he is.

I rather like Carrot as a Captain of the Watch. He is amusing as he learns the ways of the City. He is so naive as well as smart in his own way, and as evidenced in later by the "games" he sets up with everyone to prove that "Come along now, we can all get along can't we" that it amazes Nobby and Colon and Angua, and well everyone... hehehe especially when they are arch enemies in thier real world.

Oh, and where Carrot goes into the Drum and takes them all on!! Oh it is too rich, he even beats up Detritus, I could not stop laughing when Nobby tried to kick him "inna rocks". It all added up to a very good book.

P.S. Terry says in The Art of Discworld, if Carrot and Angua actually get together it will cause issues with the whole kingship thingy.
Aha! So, Bob's yer uncle... very clever.
User avatar
Tina a.k.a.SusanSto.Helit
Member
 
Posts: 3885
Joined: Tue May 05, 2009 7:25 pm
Location: Byron IL USA and The Quirm School for Young People ... it's genetic, you know

Postby swreader » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:12 pm

Heavens to Murgatroyd! Miss a day or so here, and there's a whole volume to read and try to condense to reply to various points people have made. :D

First, as to the kingship-- Terry is, I think, going to use Carrot as a special kind of rightful king and is perhaps setting it up that way in this book. In real world terms, the heritage of Carrot as King makes no biological sense. But Pratchett's going to develop him into a King in the next book, before Terry either gets bored or "painted into a corner" with the character of Carrot. In my opinion, there is a slow but steady decline in the interest and likability (by the reader and also by the author) in the character of Carrot. He's too perfect most of the time.

But in this book--Carrot is the comic character par excellence -- he's the BIG, DUMB HICK FROM THE COUNTRY, a standard comic type. (Think Gomer Pyle) And as such, he's funny in the kinds of mistakes he makes (or almost makes) because of his naivete and his 'dwarfish simple-minded-focused-no metaphors' nature. (He arrests the Head of the Guild of Thieves, lives in a bawdy house, etc., etc. ,etc. )

But I really doubt that Terry ever intended this book to be a stand alone. I think that all the things about the sword, the birthmark and HIS ABILITY TO GET PEOPLE TO DO WHAT HE WANTS - are foreshadowing of the kingly abilities that will come out in the next book.

Sybil, I think, is big because of Terry's original intention to use her as another comic character--the "mad old lady who raises swamp dragons". But Sybil, even in this book, has signs of her noble blood. If you compare the passage of Vimes drunken ramblings about his love for the city--so big, so overwhelming, so lovable--and then she'll kick you in the teeth (paraphrased) with his later description of Sybil as having a heart like the city, you'll see that their relationship (and possibly their dragon cohorts relationship) are the real million to one chances that come true in Discworld. There's a great deal more I want to say about Sybil, but not in this post.

And, as Tina said of her man, I too am living proof that million to one chances "just might work."
User avatar
swreader
Member
 
Posts: 808
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 5:39 pm
Location: Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

Postby Jan Van Quirm » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:16 pm

Tina - certainly will! Go look at Cheery's Aurora story in Games :wink:
"Some men see things as they are and ask why. Others dream things that never were and ask why not.” George Bernard Shaw
User avatar
Jan Van Quirm
Member
 
Posts: 10635
Joined: Fri Nov 07, 2008 9:07 pm
Location: Dunheved, Kernow

Postby mspanners » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:40 pm

I am inclined to agree that Carrot is the Rightful King BUT there is no empirical evidence to prove His lineage.... but there is one person on the Disc who would know for sure and have the proof too.... DEATH.

Unfortunately He is never inclined to give out information freely so...

.... in DEATHS domain the books form, I assume, a part of L space.. now IF someone (The Librarian or Wizards) were to use L space to raid DEATHS Library the proof of lineage could be found.. it is sure to be there.... :shock: sounds like the bones of a good story! :lol:
User avatar
mspanners
Member
 
Posts: 943
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:46 pm
Location: Bridgwater Somerset

Postby Exp. Date, the rat » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:49 pm

One question I have is when Vimes is drunk in the sewer and starts talking about comparing the city to being a women and breaking your heart, is it because of the city or women? In a later book his life is passing in front of his eyes and he begs not to see the part about a girl named Daisy something or other (not the real name of course)? Was it the women who broke his heart and made him a drunk or the city and lack of humanity in AM made him the drunk?
A legal Feegle? How could there be such a thing?
Today I feel like I am soaring like a tortoise!
Exp. Date, the rat
Member
 
Posts: 261
Joined: Fri Apr 17, 2009 11:17 pm
Location: Bad Blintz

Postby Tonyblack » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:53 pm

Exp. Date, the rat wrote:One question I have is when Vimes is drunk in the sewer and starts talking about comparing the city to being a women and breaking your heart, is it because of the city or women? In a later book his life is passing in front of his eyes and he begs not to see the part about a girl named Daisy something or other (not the real name of course)? Was it the women who broke his heart and made him a drunk or the city and lack of humanity in AM made him the drunk?
We may never know. Colon talks about Vimes being 'brung low by a woman', but who that is and whether it's (I think) Mavis Trouncer, only Terry knows. :)
"Goodness is about what you do. Not what you pray to."
User avatar
Tonyblack
Moderator
 
Posts: 29334
Joined: Fri Jul 25, 2008 4:29 pm
Location: Cardiff, Wales

Postby Cheery » Wed Jul 08, 2009 7:59 pm

Exp. Date, the rat wrote:One question I have is when Vimes is drunk in the sewer and starts talking about comparing the city to being a women and breaking your heart, is it because of the city or women? In a later book his life is passing in front of his eyes and he begs not to see the part about a girl named Daisy something or other (not the real name of course)? Was it the women who broke his heart and made him a drunk or the city and lack of humanity in AM made him the drunk?


I suppose it was the city. I don't think Vimes would be the kind of person who would start to drink just because of a girl. I've always thoght he started to drink because he couldn't carry the realisation that the world was so cruel and heartless. He thinks about it a lot in all of the books.
He didn't want to think about it, so he just got drunk.
Or maybe it was both.
User avatar
Cheery
Member
 
Posts: 1544
Joined: Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:19 pm
Location: Switzerland

Postby mspanners » Wed Jul 08, 2009 8:00 pm

Think it was Fred who mentioned that Vimes had been brought low by a Woman, I assume that is a part of vimes life that has not been covered in a book so far.... but He was Drunk as He lay in the gutter so any musings must be taken in context.. I think He was feeling sorry for Him self and was comparing His personal life to His life in relation to the city, both treat Him badly but He still loves them.... :D
User avatar
mspanners
Member
 
Posts: 943
Joined: Fri Aug 29, 2008 3:46 pm
Location: Bridgwater Somerset

PreviousNext

Return to Discworld novels

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Yahoo [Bot] and 5 guests