Hello Everyone, here we are at the end of The Wee Free Men. I hope there is no weeping, and if there is just look over HERE for the schedule for the next book in the series – A Hat Full of Sky. We’re kicking it off right away, so we’ll be over at The Little Red Reviewer next week to enjoy the first few chapters of it.
Here are this week’s discussion questions. I look forward to hopping around and seeing what everyone else thought, so please leave your link in the comments.
1) What was your favorite part of the ‘duel of dreams’ between Tiffany and the Queen?
I think Tiffany was very clever to take everyone into the lighthouse and sea, with the great white whale. I mean, she has never even seen the sea except as depicted on the Jolly Sailor tobacco wraps. The naughty kid in me kept hoping the whole sea scene would get tipped on the side and a scantily clad giant woman would appear. But alas, that is not how it turned out.
I also liked how the Feegle were trapped in a nut and Tiffany keeping the Queen focused on herself while Roland helps them out.
2) The last part of the book shows us a bit more of Roland’s character. What did you make of him?
Roland is what he was raised to be. A bit too privileged and also he’s hung up on Tiffany being a girl and younger than himself. I really, really enjoyed their last conversation at her dairy. Tiffany didn’t get any credit from her family or the baron, etc. for rescuing not only her brother, but Roland, and kicking the Queen out of the Chalk. But I liked how she acknowledged the wrong of it and then went on making butter.
3) The Nac Mac Feegle never cease to make me laugh. What were some of your favorite scenes or lines from the Feegle (for this segment or the entire book)?
Is it Big Yan that flies on the backs of buzzards? Well, he grabbed a pair of Tiffany’s bloomers to use as a parachute. hehe! I could feel her sighing the first time she sees him parachuting off the buzzard. I also enjoyed how it was such a simple thing for Tiffany to release the Feegle from having her as kelda and baby machine. They were so nervous about it!
4) The finale of the book introduces us to Mistress Weatherwax and Mrs. Ogg. These are two of my all-time favorite Discworld characters. What did you think of them? Have you read other books featuring these two ladies?
Many, many years ago I read some book that features Ogg and Weatherwax. There was a lot of twanging from Ogg’s undergarments, but other than that, I can’t remember anything about the book. I was delighted the first time I read The Wee Free Men to find them hear. What a conversation for Tiffany! She must have been really tired and ready to call it a day, because I think if she had been rested and on her manners, that conversation wouldn’t have gone nearly as well (and amusing!) as it did.
5) Tiffany’s connection with Granny Aching is one of the most poignant throughout the book. Did you enjoy Granny Aching’s brief appearance late in the book?
I really like the idea that you are never really separated from those that we share a mutual bond with. The practical me says that is BS, but the idealist in me says it may be so, some place. Luckily, it is so in Discworld. Granny Aching is someone I could respect in real life, and chase down sheep with in the cold, dark, stormy nights. On occasion, we have had to carry baby goats out of thickets, or get them out of fences and carry them through snow. There’s nothing like carrying a screaming, squirming, hoofed and horned 30 pound beast around in bad weather over uneven terrain.
Mistress Weatherwax gave Tiffany a hat! Big nod of approval.
I found it very fitting and satisfying that Tiffany took the shephardess statue out to the chalk and buried it.
And Wentworth seems to have grown up a little from his experience, and is at least helping collect eggs, etc.
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