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Evidence” derives from the Latin noun evidentia, which combines the prefix e[x], meaning out of or from, used in many senses, with the verb videre to see, notice, or observe, but also to ascertain by inquiry or consideration. Page 157 - "So they (the Assassins) had put the Gonne safely under lock and key" This scene is reminiscent of Japan's response to guns from about 1600 to 1840.
Pratchett is playing with the name of the Swedish pop group Abba, one of whose members was Bjorn Ulvaeus. This is an obvious reference to the 1949 film The Third Man which was based on the novel of the same name by Graham Greene. Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for the spring but of course Vetinari is thinking that he might have pushed Vimes too far. The guests and family of the bride sit in the The rhyme is said to be about the mob of Dutchmen that William of Orange brought over with him to England in 1688, with the "one in a velvet gown" being the Prince himself.This is a paraphrase of a famous quote by Winston Churchill, referring to Russia: "It is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key. Page 74 - "'I think perhaps Lance-Constable Angua shouldn't have another go with the longbow until we've worked out how to stop her. Page 65 - "We - that is my predecessor - thought it should serve as a warning and an example" Cruce demonstrates the characteristics of a typical politician, quickly putting the blame on his predecessor and rationalizing keeping a deadly weapon much like the justifications used for keeping biological weapons or continuing to use torture methods such as waterboarding in contravention of the Geneva Convention.
Page 261 - The description of Big Fido, the poodle, fighting every dog until he is the alpha dog of the pack resonates with countless prison and gang movie plots where the new man on the block takes on the gang or inmate leader to become the new alpha male. honchesa" Pratchett is playing with the various ways languages convert a male role into a female role using a word 'honcho' that doesn't use any of those endings. In others, a pea was also added to the cake batter and the woman who found the pea in her serving of cake enacted the role of "queen.
And the problem with destiny is, of course, that she is not always careful where she points her finger. shaped like a pair of artificial breasts" Pratchett plays with the colloquialism for breasts - as in a 'nice pair of knockers'. Angua gets shot 3 times by Cruces but since she is a werewolf she can only be killed with a silver weapon so is revived upon the moon's rising. Pratchett plays with the way misinformation and rumour spread and create distrust, prejudice and the threat of violence in the way the various groups describe what they have heard the other groups are doing. Page 70 - "' Hand you will look after hit,' he shouted, 'You will eat with hit, you will sleep with hit, you --'" Colon is possibly starting to channel Sgt Hartman from Stanley Kubrick's Vietnam war movie Full Metal Jacket: "Tonight, you pukes will sleep with your rifles.
Note that on page 264 Detritus repeats the phrase as "You got a field-marshal's button in your knapsack", while on page 269 Cuddy creatively manages "You could have a field-marshal's bottom in your napkin". In past centuries the English, French, Spanish, German, and Dutch celebrated Twelfth Night, or Epiphany Eve, with a feast. Phrenology was the pseudoscience that tried to link personality and character to head shape which was developed by German physician Franz Joseph Gall in 1796 and was popularized in the Victorian era by Europeans wishing to justify their racism toward their subjects in their various colonies.Which is a shame, because no one knows the streets of Ankh-Morpork or its criminal underworld better than him. When a string of seemingly random murders occur among the Guilds of the city, Lord Vetinari forbids Vimes to investigate in a successful ploy to ensure Vimes does investigate. In Roundworld, this type of thinking has led to the rise of the ultra-right, the increase in the number of dictatorships and/or the racism of anti-immigration policies where people in countries such as Russia long for the good old days of the Soviet Union empire, the USA sees increasing racial tension against African Americans and moves to stop Mexican migration north, Britain and France (to pick on only two) have seen the rise of Farange and LePen, Australia has immigrant detention centres on Manus and Nauru Islands, and countries which initially embraced democracy such as Hungary, Turkey, South Africa and many other African countries (again to pick on only a few) slide closer and closer to, or have become, dictatorships. like a loose siege catapult" Apart from the Gonne, Discworld is still in the earlier stages of weapon development so he couldn't be blundering around 'like a loose cannon' yet.
by feeding a random text generating program with a Chinese takeaway menu (shrimp) and the lyrics to the They Might be Giants song, " Particle Man" (Millennium hand) . turn in their graves if they knew that the Watch had taken on a w--" This line is more foreshadowing but is funnier in retrospect because, since Angua is a female, the logical ending of the word is W (oman) unless the clues have been followed closely. This drink consists of Sloe Gin (hence the 'slow'), Southern Comfort (hence the 'comfortable'), Orange Juice (which is what makes a screwdriver a screwdriver and not merely a bloody big vodka; hence the 'screw'), a float of Galliano (which is in a Harvey Wallbanger; hence the 'up against the wall'), served in a long glass. On census forms a clue to the real nature of the occupation can be gleaned by reviewing the number of people in a residence and the presence of an older female as head of the household - more than just a boarding house. I Pagliacci, ends with an obsessive, paranoid and insanely jealous clown going on a Shakespearean knife wielding rampage, stabbing his wife, her lover, and himself to death.Page 2 - Edward d'Eath's name is an obvious play on the word 'Death" but it is in fact an old English name. The long pause when the criminal thinks he has got away with the crime, followed by the incisive question that skewers him. Clearly of all the TV and movie alibis that turn out to be untrue, being dead is the best possible excuse. Wolves operate this way and the victims of werewolfs in classic movies and tales are described as having their jugulars ripped open.