Grace Speaker

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Grace Speaker
Name Grace Speaker
Race Human
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Occupation runs a pet-food shop
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Residence Pelicool Steps
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Books Making Money
Unseen Academicals
Raising Steam
Cameos {{{cameos}}}

She should be slightly worried that Vetinari knows where she lives and what she does for a living. Grace runs a pet-food shop on Pelicool Steps and in her spare time appears to have an inexhaustible passion for all kinds of general knowledge trivia. As one of only five people in Ankh-Morpork who could confidently and correctly answer the question "What is, or are, Pysdxes?" (the others are Vetinari, Drumknott, "Puzzler" of the Times and the Curator of Ephebian Antiquities at the Royal Art Museum), Vetinari is concerned that somebody with a mind like that might not just be content to run a pet-food shop. Therefore she is under observation...

As an aside in Unseen Academicals, we learn that there is a possibility that Grace Speaker and "Puzzler" of the Times are now one and the same person. At least, Vetinari appears to have deduced so.

In Unseen Academicals, she briefly employed Rudolph Scattering, but he left after three days because the way the kittens stared at him gave him nightmares. The world can be very cruel to some people... Vetinari's mild obsession with her intellectual ability extends very clearly into Unseen Academicals as well. Are we being set up for something here?

In Snuff, we learn that she is still vexing Vetinari with impenetrably fiendish and obscure crossword clues and that she is in fact a native of NoThingfjord.

In Raising Steam, the word is lagniappe1: not too taxing, at least for anyone familiar with Genua, but it seems to provoke a change of puzzle-setters at the Times. Can one accuse a graduate of the College of Assassins of poor sportsmanship?

1 Literally a small bonus, a little extra to make the deal, but taking on the suggestion of a bribe.