After I finished Equal Rites, I wanted to revisit Wyrd Sisters, the next witchy book and the first Discworld book I ever read. Granny Weatherwax is starting to look more like her eventual self, Nanny Ogg is an enthusiastically earthy presence, and Magrat Garlick is into modern witching, with its innovative new colors and belief in fairies. I'm well into it now and enjoying every minute.
Late last week, I read The Crown of Dalemark, and enjoyed its complicated story all over again. One particularly fun detail of this story is the glossary, which collects terms and legendary characters from all four Dalemark books. The tricky bit is that, as in the "scholar's explanation" in The Spellcoats, the glossary is written by a fictional Dalemark historian (Maewen's dad, maybe?), who knows many things, but does not know everything that is revealed in the books. It will reward the careful reader.
|My rather awful cover|
I found myself thinking about how DWJ shows all the different kinds of manipulation people use. The names are frequently clues in this book, and Ivy is like her name, clinging, demanding, and eventually sucking the life out of whoever she clings to. She is a real-life counterpart to Laurel, who is much more manipulative and deadly, but both use sentiment as weapons; thus Tom's horror of it, which he transmits to Polly. Tom deserves saving because, even though he has cultivated Polly in hopes of a rescue, he refuses to try to manipulate her the way Seb does, and he's fought so hard on his own behalf, unlike just about anyone else. (Tom's cultivation of Polly as an apprentice-hero would never fly now, I must say. He is really skating the edge of creepy.)
|Cover of the first (library) copy I read|
The girl had only herself to blame for her troubles. She was told not to do a thing and she did. And she cried so much. Polly despised her.
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