Discworldpadawan wrote:The only thing that confused me was why Wonse lifted up the floorboard in Vetinari's bedroom to retrieve (after the secret society robe) the summoning of the dragons book, just before being caught in the act by vimes? This implied to me that Vetinari was the Supreme grand master, who summoned the dragon with the book??
What room in the palace would be less likely to be searched than Vetinari's bedroom? Wonse would have free access, more than the other servants, so it was both safe and accessible. Hiding the materials there also gave Wonse a last-chance way to push the blame onto Vetinari, which he tried to do when Vimes caught him. But Vimes knew better because he remembered Wonse's peculiar style of running.
The answer is rather simple: It is Wonse's own bedroom by now.
I didn't want to answer this question earlier because although I always though that now the Patrician is in the dungeon Wonse lives in the Patrician's room I wasn't sure about it that I could put the finger on it. But I am rereading the book at the moment and so I was watching out for this point. It was easier as I though; only one page after Vimes catches Wonse looking for the book: "I noticed you sleep in here now", said Vimes. "I suppose the king likes to have you handy, does he?"
I don't know where he has hide the book while the Patrician still has been around but now he hides the book simply in the room he himself lives. Okay, perhaps a little bit silly in case it could be found but ... yes, as he does, he always could blame it on Vetinari. This may be the reason why he also keeps the robe he actually doesn't need anymore under the floorboards.
Or do you ask why he is lifting the floorboard at the very moment Vimes stands there?
I don't know. But perhaps he wants to look something up, perhaps a method to send the dragon away (wouldn't be surprised
). And Vimes only had to wait until Wonse would go to bed to throw the book on the floor and show that he knows about the floorboard. Very lucky for him that Wonse himself looks under the floor while he is waiting for him and already has discovered the hiding-place.
=Tamar wrote:One thing I wonder about is whether Vetinari had found the cache and hadn't done anything about it, or possibly hadn't had time to do anything about it before the dragon took over. As was said before, this is still an early version of Vetinari, when he could still be fooled by his secretary.
I don't know. I didn't get the impression that Vetinari knew very much. There even is a text passage in which I got the impression that he is rather excited/nervous (in relation to the Vetinari we know from later books), he has "an unpleasent premonition about this dragon business". But, later, he also thinks about negotiating with the dragon ("if it can talk it can negotiate if it can negotiate then I have it by the short").
To do anything about it would only refer to the arriving king, I think. Vetinari knows the citizens of Ankh-Morpork and he knows his own power base. What the city doesn't need would be a riot because the citizens suddenly are supporting the glamorous king who kills the dragon and throws the usurper from his throne. So he goes in his own dungeon out of free will and let the people have the king they deserve. Until it will get sorted out.
As you said, and as has been said before, he is an very early Vetinari as we know hin. I think he already is recognizable, but he is something like a rough diamond which still has to be formed by Terry. Okay, the Patrician has been mentioned in earlier books, by name the first time in Sourcery, but this is the first book Vetinary actually get a character.
At last remark about the book.
At the moment I am reading several books/series again, as something like a "best of". Now I have started the watch series (for the first time on its own). It may be that I have read the other books/series too often again and again and although I am more liking the Death/Susan and the Whitches novels ... but while reading this book at the moment I have extraordinary big fun and get a laugh every few pages and thoughs out of the text which let my tongue click because they are so witty and so accurate.
Yes, I like this book, I should have read it more often again and again than I actually did (but then I perhaps also could have overdone it?