Thursday, July 30, 2009

On the subject of tools

She stared at Tiffany's hopeful face and sighed.

"Come outside then," she said. "I'll give you lesson one. It's the only lesson there is. It don't need writing down in no book with eyes on it."

She led the way to the well in her back garden, looked around on the ground
and picked up a stick.

"Magic wand," she said. "See?" A green flame leaped out of it, making Tiffany jump. "Now you try."

It didn't work for Tiffany, no matter how much she shook it.

"Of course not," said Granny. "It's a stick. Now, maybe I made a flame come out of it, or maybe I made you think one did. That doesn't matter. It was me is what
I'm sayin', not the stick. Get your mind right and you can make a stick
your magic wand and the sky your hat and a puddle your magic...your,
what're them fancy cups called?"

"Goblet," said Tiffany.

From "A Hat Full of Sky" by Terry Pratchett


WitchDoctorJoe said...

Hahahaha That's soooo great, I love it.

Susanne Iles said...

HahaHA! Well...that put's THAT argument to bed now doesn't it? :)

Lavanah said...

I'm pretty sure that I've said it before, but Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series are among THE BEST primers on practical witchery that I have ever come across. They are written for middle school or junior high school level readers (although my sister and I have read them aloud to younger children), but I reread them for myself, now and again. There are currently 3 books published ("Wee Free Men," "A Hat Full of Sky," and "The Wintersmith."), with a final one in the works. I can't recommend them highly enough.

Lavanah said...

Ugh. Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series IS among....

Servitor Lucem said...

Grammar Weatherwax...