Granny Weatherwax is pretty cool too. 🙂
I had to find the exact right spot to finish reading A Hat Full of Sky, by Terry Pratchett. My first clue I was en route was this woman; next I saw the castleguarded by Lange Wapper. Riding up the ramp and through the castle’s courtyard, I found myself on an overlook of the Schelde River. With the city as my backdrop and the river in front, I read the last four chapters.
“The future happened.” (346&347)
I read something of Pratchett’s years ago and found it only silly. However, he’s said some things that matter this time around, such as:
“The river of memory wasn’t a river, it was a sea.” (154)
“If you don’t know when to be a human being, you don’t know when to be a witch.” (341)
“There’s always a story…It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story. Everything’s got a story in it. Change the story, change the world.” (338)
“…cosmic balances and stars and circles and colours and wands and . . . toys, nothing but toys! […they] are all very nice as decoration, somethin’ nice to look at while you’re workin’, somethin’ for show, but the start and finish, the start and finish, is helpin’ people when life is on the edge. Even people you don’t like. Stars is easy, people is hard.” (251)
“…the edge is no place for people who break.” (324)
“Always face what you fear. Have just enough money, never too much, and some string. Even if it’s not your fault it’s your responsibility. Witches deal with things. Never stand between two mirrors. Never cackle. Do what you must do. Never lie, but you don’t always have to be honest. Never wish. Especially don’t wish upon a star, which is astronomically stupid. Open your eyes, and then open your eyes again.” (57)
I also like Pratchett’s notion of “third thoughts” (71) which are “thoughts that think themselves” after first (everyday thoughts) and second thoughts (that you think about your everyday thinking). As this review fromSoteria magazine (amazing graphics!) explains, a lot of magic is about “dealing with people in the right way.