|Physical appearance||Buxom, attractive young lady|
|Parents||Mr Cripslock, engraver|
|Marital Status||married, spouse unknown|
I Shall Wear Midnight
The Discworld's very own Lois Lane, Sacharissa Cripslock is the granddaughter of the engraver formerly employed by William de Worde to make copies of his newsletter. She confronts him angrily when he starts printing his newsletter with Gunilla Goodmountain, threatening her grandfather's livelihood.
She is described as eclectically attractive insofar as facial features are concerned: various aspects of her face would have had differing appeal over the centuries and went in and out of fashion. However, certain bodily features never go out of style and she is quite well-endowed in that respect.
Sacharissa strives for Respectability – however she suffers from misplaced assumptions on what exactly constitutes Respectability. She takes most of her cues from previous centuries, and believes that correct mannerisms are an adequate substitute for good manners. Either way it is a difficult task for one with her figure, which she tries to conceal with old-fashioned dresses (to no avail). When provoked, she can also fire out -ing's in the same indiscriminate way Detritus fires his Piecemaker.
She ends up becoming a reporter with the new Ankh-Morpork Times, where she shows considerable talent as a journalist with a nose for news and a knack of creating snappy headlines. Unlike most citizens of Ankh-Morpork, she does not wield a pen like a carving knife, and has a firm grasp on the idea of punctuation. In addition, thanks to her physical qualities, various young men from all walks of life tend to come to her with various titbits which she can put into the paper.
In Going Postal, she wears a wedding ring: it is more than likely that she married William, who was quite taken with her in The Truth, eventually getting up the courage to ask her to lunch... before the hungry press intervened! Despite being married, she still refers to herself as Miss, which Moist von Lipwig surmises upon first meeting her means that she has Views. In Raising Steam, a footnote on page 123 explicitly refers to "Mr de Worde and wife". However, the reference does not elaborate as to whom. The lack of emphasis upon a romance between William and Sacharissa may reflect on their own reluctance to publicize their private lives (perhaps with good cause in William's case!). Or, it may just be another example of Pratchett's relaxed attitude towards the traditional narrative, in which the main characters' romance would certainly take center stage. Pratchett characters frequently marry; far less frequently is a Big Deal made over the nuptials, provided a dragon doesn't show up.
Appearances in other media
Annotation, or at least an interesting musical aside
Prankster musician Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doodah Band and part of Monty Python's reserve team), a man whose lyrics are referenced in passing in I Shall Wear Midnight, wrote a song about an art student with an interesting face and figure called I like Cezanne, says Ann. Sample lyric: She had a body by Modigliani and a face by Renoir. This Bonzos' song might have been part of TP's mental furniture when visualising Sacharissa?
From the Greek sacchari meaning sugar.
- Sacharissa Cripslock on Wikipedia