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|Publication date||November 1991|
|Main characters||Granny Weatherwax, Esme Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg, Magrat Garlick|
|All data relates to the first UK edition.|
It seemed an easy job ...
After all, how difficult could it be to make sure that a servant girl doesn't marry a prince?
For one thing, all they've got is Mrs. Gogol's voodoo, a one-eyed cat and a second-hand magic wand that can only do pumpkins. And they're up against the malignant power of the Godmother herself, who has made Destiny an offer it can't refuse. And finally there's the sheer power of the Story. Servant girls have to marry the Prince. That's what life is all about.
You can't fight a Happy Ending.
At least – up until now ...
- Esme Weatherwax
- Nanny Ogg
- Magrat Garlick
- Lily aka Lilith de Tempscire
- Mrs Pleasant
- Erzulie Gogol
- Baron Saturday
Cameos and Mentions
- Frog-like humanoid thing with a Birthday
- Voodoo gods created by Mrs Gogol
- Seriph of Al-Ybi (mentioned)
- Glod (mentioned), a severely inconvenienced dwarf
- Desiderata Hollow
- Chert, a troll who works at a sawmill and sells coffins at a good price
- Albert Hurker, aka "Hurker the Poacher"
- Gammer Beavis, a witch
- Old Mother Dismass, a witch
- Granny Hopliss, a dead witch
- Mrs Singe, a dead witch
- Gammer Peavey, a witch who died mountain climbing
- Simplicity Garlick, Magrat Garlick's mother
- Araminta Garlick, Magrat Garlick's grandmother (probably maternal)
- Yolande Garlick, Magrat Garlick's aunt
- Shane Ogg, Nanny Ogg's grandson
- Millie Hopgood, a girl from Slice with a squint, suggested as a replacement for Desiderata Hollow
- Gertie Simmons, a witch with a very bad squint
- Sophia Ogg, Nanny Ogg's great-aunt
- Jason Ogg, master blacksmith/farrier, Nanny Ogg's son, who knows the Horseman's Word
- Sean Ogg (mentioned), Nanny Ogg's son(?)
- Mr Vernissage, a hatter in Slice whose makes 'very' strong hats
- Guy de Yoyo, an explorer who discovered the Disc's 2nd-highest waterfall in the Year of the Revolving Crab
- Legba, a spirit in the form of a rooster (or perhaps just a big black cock)
- Goodie Whemper, Magrat's predecessor and mentor
- Lagro te Kabona, innkeeper
- Mister Frank, a card sharp
- Yen Buddhism, an extremely rich religious sect (parodying Zen Buddhism)
- Black Aliss (mentioned)
- Deliria Skibbly (mentioned)
- Sumpkins (mentioned), a dirty old man who lodged with Nanny Ogg's grandmother
- Shaker Wistley, footwear fetishist
- Ronald the Third, unpleasant Lancre king whose name is rhyming slang for something nasty (mentioned)
- Mr Wilkins (mentioned). Granny made him think he was a frog after he insulted her
- Mr Travis, senior footman
- Beryl Ogg, Nanny's sister (mentioned)
- Guests at the Ball
- Ramtop Mountains
- Creel Springs (mentioned)
- Sto Plains (mentioned)
- Vieux River
Events and Timeframes
- Fat Tuesday aka Mardi Gras aka Samedi Nuit Mort (literally, "Saturday Night Dead", parodying the TV show Saturday Night Live
- Although the Roundworld Carnival and Mardi Gras occur in late winter, just before Lent, Genua's Carnival occurs in the fall; Terry appears to have calqued it upon the Haitian Night of the Dead (All Hallows' Eve), when Voudon worshipers beat drums in cemeteries to awaken the dancing Lord of the Dead Baron Samedi (Saturday) and his troupe of Gede revelers; the Duc's masked ball relates the night to the Halloween tradition.
Items and Concepts
- magic wand
- Way of Mrs Cosmopilite, mentioned
- Path of The Scorpion, a book(?) written by Grand Master Lobsang Dibbler
- With Wand and Broomstick Across the Great Nef Desert, chapter heading of one of Desiderata Hollow's books
- magrats, trousers for women
- dwarf bread
- Hedgehog Song
- That Thing With The Bulls, parodying the Roundworld Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain (and other locations)
- Cripple Mister Onion, a card game
- Chase My Neighbour Up the Passage, a game (mentioned)
- Three-Banded Coit, type of snake
- Klatchian Candle, firework parodying Roman Candle
- Even though they're on a presumably "covert" mission, Nanny hands her letters to the nearest passer-by for delivery. Does this seem wise? And none of them arrived before she did.
- 'In some foreign parts "bum" means "tramp" and "tramp" means "hobo"' - On Roundworld, this is true for American English. The full chain goes something like this: "American [kitty] = British fanny", "American fanny = British bum", "American bum = British tramp", "American tramp = uh, ... lady of easy virtue". Interestingly, we've never seen any part of DiscWorld that's similar to the USA. (Even though the riverboat ride down the Vieux River is irrestibly close to the high life of the antebellum Deep South, what with a floating pleasure palace for the gentry, and slaves, ie chained trolls, providing the motive power to turn the wheels of the boat. Could have been the Mississipi running down to the Delta and N'awlins, y'all...)
- While traveling down a subterranean river, a creature climbs out of the water on a log, declaring to the witches that, "It's my birthday." This is a reference to the character Gollum from The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings books, who acquired the One Ring on his birthday.
- While walking down a road paved with yellow bricks, a small farm house lands on Nanny Ogg, the only one of the witches wearing red boots. Shortly afterward, a group of dwarves show up asking if they can have her boots. In The Wizard of Oz, the Wicked Witch of the East is crushed by Dorothy Gale's farmhouse and her sparkly red shoes are given to the witchicidal young woman.
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