A reviewer on Amazon said of "Death and his relationship with Miss Flitworth. I think it's the most beautiful story Pratchett has ever written. Simple, but extremely dignified." I agree about the simple and dignified, certainly think it is special.
Two things that come up in the story more than once are the image of the reaper and the harvest, and “the prisoner and the flight of birds.”
Bill Door’s story is dense and poetic. Not looking for a Guild of Fools explanation, but does anyone have a feeling about how to open up the imagery?
- No, I decided long ago not to to open up or analyse much, just enjoy. It's well to point it out, though; that's what we do here, mostly. --Old Dickens 02:49, 22 August 2009 (UTC)
Fair enough - MN
Analysis of a different sort
Door as a metaphor for the gateway between life and the afterlife, anyone? The Tiffany books are full of references to The Door, and various people being Shown The Way. Granny even jams her foot in the door to make sure Tiff gets out. Bill, however... the final reckoning? The summation? Or is that too far. Is it just a shortened William. Miss Flitworth came up with both names, Death didn't pick them for himself, but perhaps she resonates well with morphic and causal imperatives? --Knmatt 18:28, 21 January 2010 (UTC)
Or Bill-Door = builder? An enormously long shot, because if a reaper is anything it is the opposite of a builder, especially if they are not also the sower... --Knmatt 19:26, 24 January 2010 (UTC)