Here he seems to be someone who's been in prison several times as an adult, and whose patterns of speech are totally off from what I remember from even, say, Nightwatch, which was pretty recent. From a shiny-arsed gentleman's gentleman hiding his origins on Cockbill Street to a real, dirty bruiser? I dunno.
=Tamar wrote:In the minor altercation outside the pub, Willikins was Jeeves with a blade, very courteously informing someone that he (W) wasn't quite the gentleman that Vimes was, while holding a stiletto to the throat.
raisindot wrote:=Tamar wrote: outside the pub, Willikins was Jeeves with a blade, very courteously informing someone that he (W) wasn't quite the gentleman that Vimes was
But that's the whole point--Willikins in Snuff is expository, whereas in earlier books he was more subtle and ironic. The Willikins of Thud would have said something like, "I apologize, sir, but it seems that while I was cleaning my blade, you somehow managed to accidentally trip into my grasp and my blade somehow got wedged against your throat."
=Tamar wrote:It's a little hard to reconcile, but I think there were times and places where the Boy was a Boy regardless of whether he was fifteen or fifty. In Ireland in the 19th century, I think, a man had to be married to stop being a Boy. The "scullery boy" mentioned in Night Watch might have been hired at fifteen. With the attitude toward arresting people at that time, it's possible that he had been in the Tanty twice for short periods of time already. Nobby, who was younger, was afraid of being sent there. And who's to know what young Willikins got up to on his half-day off? At least the first time - after that no doubt he was told not to return showing any signs of having been fighting.
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