Never knew him,' said Granny. Rapping at the windows, Crying through the lock, 'Are the children all in bed? For it's now eight o'clock. He is traditionally depicted going upstairs carrying a candlestick with a flat, saucer-like base, a short candleholder in the middle and a loop to grip it by at one side.
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Page 9 "[ Whether Pratchett had this in mind or alternately was thinking of the fact that, until recently, pubs in the UK opened at 11 a. Page 10 The Dandelion Clock is a reference to the folk-belief that the seed-heads of dandelions can be used to tell the time. Children pick the dandelion, blow the seeds away, and the number of puffs it takes to get rid of all the seeds is the time, e. As a result, the dandelion stalks with their globes of seeds are regularly referred to as a "dandelion clocks" in colloquial English.
Page 10 "'To the upper cellars! Page 24 "[ In this instance it is a 'shade' more subtle than most Tom Swifties; the connection being that Death is often referred to as a 'shade'. Tom Swifties are plays on the style of writing popularized in the Tom Swift series of of boys' adventure novels with a pun thrown in that connects the quoted sentence to the adverb or verb.
Pratchett was asked if this scene was influenced by Monty Python who also do a Death-at-a-party sketch. He stated, "No.
I'm fairly honest about this stuff. I didn't even see the film until long after the book was done. Once again, I'd say it's an easy parallel -- what with the Masque of the Red Death and stuff like that, the joke is just lying there waiting for anyone to pick it up.
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The Masque of the Red Death is a well-known story by Edgar Allan Poe, in which the nobility, in a decadent and senseless attempt to escape from the plague that's ravishing the land, lock themselves up a castle and hold a big party, at which a costumed personification of Death eventually turns up and claims everyone anyway. Page 30 "[ This line is a play on the common miscommunication and apocryphal tales of miscommunications between natives and foreign explorers which occurs in Roundworld as well as Discworld and leads to odd place names. One supposed example is the naming of the Yucatan Pennisula in Mexico.
Whether this story is true or not there are certainly other examples which are. There are other stories of place names translating from the local language to mean "I don't know" but as Cecil Adams puts it in More of the Straight Dope : "Having now had the "I don't know" yarn turn up in three different parts of the globe, I can draw one of two conclusions: either explorers are incredible saps, or somebody's been pulling our leg.
Page 34 The line, "'Good grief! A real gingerbread cottage! The line "Twoflower touched a wall gingerly.
Page 35 "Candyfloss. It is the pink spun sugar you can get at fairs and shows. Page 35 "He read that its height plus its length divided by half its width equalled exactly 1.
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This is a take off on the various popular theories involving such things as the relationship between the circumference and the height of Great Pyramid at Giza and the various 'cosmic truths' associated with it. The remark about sharpening razor blades at the end of the paragraph is a reference to the pseudo-scientific 'fact' that miniature pyramids are supposed to have the ability to sharpen razor blades that are placed underneath them overnight as well as other equally ludicrous powers.
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Conan is of course a combination of Genghiz Khan and Conan. Page 45 The line, "'Of course I'm sure,' snarled the leader. Page 47 The line "Illuminated Mages of the Unbroken Circle" has a parallel with an organisation of the same name n the Illuminatus! Page 57 "The universe, they said, depended for its operation on the balance of four forces which they identified as charm, persuasion, uncertainty and bloody-mindedness.
Pratchett's terms aren't so far fetched in name however, as quarks, the elementary quantum particles upon which the strong nuclear force acts are named 'up', 'down', 'strange', ' charm ', and 'beauty' in order of discovery and increasing mass. Since theoretical physicists don't like odd numbers they have postulated the existence of a sixth quark -- 'truth'. Page 62 "'In the beginning was the word,' said a dry voice right behind him.
There was firmament first. In the beginning was the Clearing of the Throat--'". The bickering of the spells is cleared up somewhat by the creation passages on pp. It is quite clearly stated that first the Creator did an Egg and Cress for Rincewind , then He Cleared His Throat, then He Read the Octavo that's the word then , which created the world and finally the primordial slime came into being because Rincewind couldn't eat the Egg and Cress Sandwich and just dropped it on the beach.
The Creator subcontracted for the firmament, so it is not quite clear when that came to be. The whole scene has obvious roots in the biblical quotation from John in the bible; "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Clearly Pratchett is also saying, tongue firmly in cheek, that the egg came before the chicken in the debate of 'Which came first the chicken, or the egg' since it is not a chicken sandwich.
Page 82 "'Anyway, I don't believe in Caroc cards,' he muttered. Caroc is also mentioned on page of Mort. There is a minor inconsistency in that on p. Page 88 "[ Page 93 "'Only when you leave, it's very important not to look back.
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When Orpheus went to fetch Euridice from the Underworld, Hades the Greek version of Death was persuaded to release her on the condition that Orpheus not look back. Unfortunately, just before reaching the surface, he couldn't resist checking on her and she was lost to him forever. There are other similar legends throughout the world, most notably that of Lot's wife in Genesis who was turned into a pillar of salt when she looked back as they left Sodom and Gomorrah.
Page "Rincewind wasn't certain what a houri was, but after some thought he came to the conclusion that it was a little liquorice tube for sucking up the sherbet. To get to the sherbet you bite off the end of the liquorice and suck through it. Page "[ Also by Terry Pratchett. Related titles. The Colour Of Magic. Good Omens.
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