Esk clearly states during the showdown with the Cunning Man
I must protect my son
This is the only reference in the book to her child.
It's tempting to asume that Simon is the father, but a little bit of me (the bit that likes to make logical connective jumps) is thinking:
Esk learnt to manipulate Time and slice Time down to the "Travelling Now" - which from inference in other books we know is a pretty small slice (but not the smallest, which is the Universal Tick - acheive this and you halt everything in a changeless eternal Now.) She can travel up and down the timelines of the Disc as she pleases - she specifies by "walking".
A little thought and back-referencing to Thief of Time suggests that she perhaps studied Time so well that for a period she became one with it - becoming the incarnation of Time who meets the Hubland mystic Wen The Eternally Surprised and has a child/not-twins with him, called Lobsang Ludd and Jeremy Clockson.
At this point in I Shall Wear Midnight, is she sensing that she must return to Ankh-Morpork in the Now of the Glass Clock, to protect her son and help him integrate into his new single personality? It would also explain how Wen knew where to go for a very good midwife to expedite the births of Lobsang/Jeremy: Esk would have known about Nanny Ogg from her days of visiting other Ramtops witches in the company of Granny.
rferrett wrote:I have just finished re-reading "I Shall Wear Midnight".
In the last meeting between Tiffany and Eskarina Smith, Eskarina mentions in what appears to be a throwaway comment "I have to save my son" with no proper explanation.
I am sure that TP would not have just put something like that in by accident so I reckon we will hear something more about that in future.
Who's Wee Dug wrote:Then you will have another Discworld book through a link to Dogger titled Running Water.
Hvitveis wrote:Who's Wee Dug wrote:Then you will have another Discworld book through a link to Dogger titled Running Water.
Sorry, that one went over my head..(might be because I just woke up from siesta, and brain loading is a bit slow still...)
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