Archive for June 23rd, 2010
Among the many novels of Terry Pratchett, the stories in which the Patrician, Lord Vetinari appears, are some of WC’s favorites. The tyrant of the world’s largest city, the Patrician is every bit as remarkable as Terry Pratchett’s writing. Consider this excerpt:
One day when I was a young boy on holiday in Uberwald I was walking along the bank of a stream when I saw a mother otter and her cubs. A very endearing sight, I’m sure you will agree, and even as I watched, the mother otter dived into the water and came up with a plump salmon, which she subdued and dragged on to a half-submerged log. As she ate it, while it was of course still alive, the body split and I remember to this day the sweet pinkness of the roes as they spilled out, much to the delight to the baby otters, who scrambled over themselves to feed on the delicacy. One of nature’s wonders, gentlemen: mother and children dining upon mother and children. And that’s when I first learned about evil. It is built into the very nature of the universe. Every world spins in pain. If there is any kind of supreme being, I told myself, it is up to all of us to become his moral superior.
Terry Practhett, Unseen Academicals, p. 229, Harper Collins 2009.