raisindot wrote:Ummm, you lost me here. What is the error or inconsistency Pterry made regarding Vimes's ability to identify the gender of dwarfs? There are a lot of the things the "later" Vimes can do that the "earlier" Vimes never could. That's character development. Knowing how to identify dwarf gender is one aspect of his development.
Anilori wrote:Traditional dwarfs can't tell each other's gender, but if I remember well, the clues Vimes picks up are related to the lady dwarfs timidly adopting markers of human feminity (eyelashes etc.), as the Mad Collector said?
Jan Van Quirm wrote:
Actually we don't talk about it much on this board but The Truth is a bit of watershed for Dwarf gender politics - doesn't Gunnilla (who's the one who's leading the movable type revolution) announce her engagement plans with Bodoni to William at one point? The dwarf names are all font-based and so you just don't twig that she's a girl at all until that point - they all just get on with their work quite happily without making any gender distinctions whilst they're 'on the job'
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