1) At this end of the book, which characters turned out to be your favorites?
Hmm. I rather liked most of them. Stanley and Mr Grout were some of the wackiest. Vetinari is already one of my favorites. Poor hardworking Mr. Pony. I’m a subcontractor, so I know how he feels.
2) We’ve touched on Moist’s character growth throughout the discussion. How do you feel about him by the end of the story? Is it significantly different than the beginning, or did anything surprise you?
He turned into a more decent person, just as I expected. It was great that he had to face the consequences of his actions. But he’s still thinking that he’s acting more decent rather than being decent, so I think he still has something to learn. He’s also still an adrenalin junkie although he seems get high from executing complex plans and being the center of attention.
Come to think of it, Guilt seems to be Moist’s mirror image: also a con man but he doesn’t learn.
Both Guilt and Moist are expert at making people believe how and what they say, instead of the truth, even when it’s very obvious what the truth is. This is another commentary about the way today’s big businesses operate.
3) Was there anything you haven’t had the chance to discuss in response to earlier questions? Call this a “wild card” question. 🙂
The golem subplot was left unresolved but I think that’s intentional.
The situation with the stagecoaches was interesting; the drivers just took over essentially government equipment (the stagecoaches and the horses) and continued the service while making money out of it. It seems that Vetinari either got something out of it or just chose to ignore it for a while.
The epilogue was also interesting and showed the difference between Moist and Guilt.
4) Share your favorite quotes and moments from the final section—or let us know your absolute favorite line.
I really enjoyed the way Vetinari sprang into action. It seems that even though he’s a tyrant (as he says!) even he can’t ignore public opinion.
“Archchancellor Ridcully practiced the First Available Surface method of filing. “ I’m very familiar with it, too.
“This is about words, and how you can twist them, and how you can spin them in people’s heads so that they think the way you want them to. We’ll send a message of our own, and do you know that? The boys in the towers will want to send it, and when people know what it says they’ll want to believe it, because they’ll want to live in a world where it’s true.”