Seeing by not seeing

What fun reading can be. Get yourself a few good books, lots of tea, some chocolate and read!

I must have read “Feet of Clay” by Terry Pratchett numerous times, but it seems I hadn’t payed this quote the necessary appreciation:

“Can’t see it myself, sir,” he said.

“Of course you can’t,” said V. “Because there’s nothing to see. You can’t see it. That’s how you can tell it’s there. If it wasn’t there you’d soon see it!” He gave a huge manic grin. “Only you wouldn’t! See?”

“You all right, sir?” said C.

Guess what they’re talking about.

And another one… I’ve finished “Feet of Clay” and turned my attention to another Discworld novell called “The Truth”. It covers the development of a free press in the fictitious city of Ankh Morpork, a mediaeval-ish Moloch ruled by a calculating tyrant named Vetinari. His name is a jocular reference to the old Medici family dynasty, which ruled the city of Florence, Italy several hundred years ago. Vetinari is a trained assassin and cunning politician. Opposed to the politicians inhabiting our little world, Vetinari is not corrupt and almost obsessively interested in his city functioning properly.

The dwarfs can turn lead into gold…

It reached the pointy ears of the dwarfs.

“Can we?”
“Damned if I know. I can’t.”
“Yeah, but if you could, you wouldn’t say. I wouldn’t say, if I could.”
“Can you?”
“No!”
“Ah-ha!

And that was just on page 2 of the book. I shall have a good time reading it.

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