alicenanjing wrote:Well, if the new Death isn't an Auditor, then why does he always speak in the plural, if not in order to avoid becoming an individual? I don't know how it looks in the English edition, but in my book the lines spoken by the new Death have exactly the same characteristics as the ones spoken by the Auditors. And the Auditor acting as Death's answering service, and the Auditors congregating to show support at the confrontation, certainly demonstrate the fact that the new Death, on the off chance he is not, in fact, an Auditor, is certainly their creature. IMHO.
The New Death is not an Auditor, nor is he created by the Auditors. At the beginning of the book, three Auditors come to the consensus that DEATH must be replaced ("There is a personality.
Personalities come to an end. Only forces endure.) They make their case to Azrael, who merely nods. He is the creator of the New Death insofar as it has a creator. But the New Death is a megalomaniac personality who sees itself as ruling. Consequently it uses the royal "we".
We will enjoy this.
The new Death advanced. Bill Door backed away.
Yes. The taking of one Death is the same as achieving the death of a billion lesser lives. ...
We detect a trick. We do not listen. The reaper does not listen to the harvest.
When the New Death raises his cowl in preparation for the blow, there is no face, no skeleton--"Smoke curled formlessly between the robe and a golden crown." It is because DEATH has taken such an interest in Miss Flitworth that she is wiling to give him some of her time that DEATH is able to grasp the harvest scythe and destroy the new Death.
The striking thing about the way Terry weaves the two major stories together(the Death story and the Windle Poons/mall story} is that those who think only of their own glory and/or enjoyment either perish or are totally enthralled by the Mall Queen. Those (like DEATH and, ironically, the undeads) who are concerned with others are the ones who succeed. Azrael affirms this when he gives DEATH more time because, "LORD, WHAT CAN THE HARVEST HOPE FOR, IF NOT FOR THE CARE OF THE REAPER MAN."
Edit - Italics are used in both the British and American editions.