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Encyclopedia > Feet of Clay
Terry Pratchett
The Discworld series

19th novel – 3rd City Watch story
Outline
Characters: Ankh-Morpork City Watch
Havelock Vetinari
Locations: Ankh-Morpork
Motifs: Cop novels, robots and artificial intelligence
Publication details
Year of release: 1996
Original publisher: Victor Gollancz
Hardback ISBN: ISBN 0-575-05900-1
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 0-552-14237-9
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Feet of Clay is the nineteenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, and a parody of detective novels. It was published in 1996. The story follows the members of The Watch, as they attempt to solve murders apparently committed by a golem, as well as the unusual poisoning of the Patrician. Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (475x800, 174 KB) Cover of Feet of Clay, book by Terry Pratchett Author: Josh Kirby URL: http://www. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... ASIMO, a humanoid robot manufactured by Honda. ... Garry Kasparov playing against Deep Blue, the first machine to win a chess game against a reigning world champion. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Victor Gollancz (April 9, 1893–February 8, 1967) was a British publisher, socialist, and humanitarian. ... Cover of an early edition of The Colour of Magic; art by Josh Kirby Discworld is a comedic fantasy book series by the British author Terry Pratchett set on the Discworld, a flat world balanced on the backs of four elephants which are in turn standing on the back of... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Golems in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series are derived from golems in Jewish mythology; early forms of a clay robot, supposedly awakened by a spell or priestly words to do peoples bidding. ...

Contents

The title is a figure of speech from the Bible (Daniel 2:33-45) used to indicate a weakness or a hidden flaw in the character of a greatly admired or respected person: Nebuchadnezzars statue vision is a story from the Book of Daniel, chapter 2. ...

"Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image ... his feet part of iron and part of clay. ... And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken."

The script used to represent a golem's writing in the book is a corrupted form of the Hebrew alphabet made to appear as roman letters,[1] possibly a reference to golems' origins in Jewish mythology. Note: This article contains special characters. ... The Latin alphabet, also called the Roman alphabet, is the most widely used alphabetic writing system in the world today. ... This article or section includes a list of works cited or a list of external links, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Jewish mythology is a body of stories that explains or symbolizes Jewish beliefs. ...


Plot

The story begins with the sale of a golem, under suspicious circumstances; and continues with the death of a priest, Father Tubelcek, and the Watch's subsequent investigation, led by new recruit Cheery Littlebottom, a dwarf alchemist hired for the new forensics department. By enlarging an image of the priest's eye, Cheery discovers that the last person he saw was a golem; she also finds a piece of paper in his mouth, similar to the chem used to give life to a golem. Golems in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series are derived from golems in Jewish mythology; early forms of a clay robot, supposedly awakened by a spell or priestly words to do peoples bidding. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... Dwarfs in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels are similar to the Dwarves of J. R. R. Tolkiens Middle-earth, which they largely started out as a homage to, and dwarfs/dwarves in other fantasy novels. ... For other uses, see Alchemy (disambiguation). ... The word forensic (from Latin: forensis - forum) refers to something of, pertaining to, or used in a court of law. ...


Commander Vimes, after thwarting an assassination attempt on himself, must keep an appointment with the Royal College of Heralds. After a brief education in heraldry by the chief herald, the vampire Dragon King of Arms, he is informed that he cannot have a family crest, as one exists, but was withdrawn after Vimes's ancestor killed a king. He is also told that Corporal Nobbs is the Earl of Ankh. Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Philip Burne-Jones, The Vampire, 1897 Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings that subsist on human and/or animal lifeforce. ... Cecil Wormsborough St. ...


Later, the proprietor of the Dwarf Bread Museum is found dead, and the Patrician is found poisoned. Dorfl, a golem, tries to turn himself in for the murder, but Carrot believes Dorfl was trying to bring the priest back to life the only way he knew how. Lord Havelock Vetinari is the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, the head of the fictional city state of Ankh-Morpork in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...  Carrot Ironfoundersson is a fictional character in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels. ...


Later, despite a constant watch, the Patrician is poisoned again, while across the city golems are destroying themselves, leaving messages which include the phrase "clay of my clay." Commander Vimes tracks down Mildred Easy, the only member of the Patrician's staff who can't be located, and finds her at a funeral for her grandmother and baby brother, both poisoned in the same way as the Patrician.


Carrot suspects that the golems have created a new golem to be their king, with the help of the priest to provide its chem and using the oven in the Dwarf Bread museum; they were ashamed and appalled when it started to kill people. Carrot and Angua follow Dorfl, to find him mobbed by a crowd, which Carrot disperses, before arranging to buy Dorfl from his owner. Carrot then places the deed of ownership inside Dorfl's head alongside his chem, which causes the golem some difficulty. As this happens, Fred Colon, who had been questioning golem owners, wakes to find himself tied up and escapes with the help of Wee Mad Arthur, a gnome rat hunter the Watch encountered while investigating a case of poisoned rats in a dwarf café. Meanwhile, Commander Vimes, stressed over his inability to find how the Patrician is being poisoned, discovers a bottle of whiskey in his desk drawer. Delphine Angua von Ãœberwald is a character from the Discworld novels of Terry Pratchett. ...


Fred and Wee Mad Arthur are chased by the king golem, and manage to escape. The king falls a great height and is smashed on the ground, but Fred is amazed when the golem starts to piece itself back together. Vimes is visited by the heads of the Guilds, who have been told to search his desk. They are overpowered by the smell of whiskey, and see Vimes slumped over his desk. They find a packet of powder in the desk, but Vimes eats the contents. He knew the whiskey was planted in his desk so that he would be tempted, and swapped the arsenic planted there for a packet of sugar. He then realises how the Patrician is being poisoned; he goes to the palace to question Miss Easy, and finds that the candles used in the Patrician's chambers are not used anywhere else; and that Miss Easy had taken the candle ends to her grandmother.


Carrot, Angua and Cheery go to the candle factory, after making their way through streets full of animals – released by Dorfl, who has determined that no one should have a master - and find the king golem. Dorfl faces the king, and eventually beats him, but is almost destroyed in the process.As a reference to the 'Six Million Dollar Man' Carrot says 'we can rebuild him, we have the pottery'. Vimes orders that he be taken away to be repaired, and given a tongue. Vimes then goes to the College of Heralds to face Dragon, who had been behind the plot. Dragon had long been preoccupied with preserving the royal lineage in Ankh-Morpork, and upon discovering evidence that Carrot is the heir, and horrified by his relationship with Angua, a werewolf, Dragon tried to get the Patrician out of the way, and install a fake, easily controlled, peer – Nobby – as ruler of the city. The solution had only occurred to Vimes after he found the whiskey and arsenic – only a vampire could have flown through his window, and remembered his visit to the College of Heraldry, where Dragon had pointed out the candlemaker's crest in particular, and shown him the poisson, both a heraldic symbol for a lamp, and a blatantly placed clue. Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ...


The book ends with Dorfl joining the Watch and becoming the rigorously-legalistic and utterly moral clay arm of the law.


Characters Introduced

  • Dorfl
  • Cheery Littlebottom

Translations

Language Title Round-trip translation
Bulgarian Глинени крака Feet Of Clay
Czech Nohy z jílu
Dutch Lemen voeten Feet of Loam
Estonian Savijalad Feet of Clay
Finnish Savijaloilla On Feet of Clay
French Pieds d'argile Feet of Clay
German Hohle Köpfe Hollow Heads
Italian Piedi d'Argilla Feet of Clay
Polish Na glinianych nogach On the Clay Feet
Russian Ноги из глины Feet of Clay
Spanish Pies de barro Feet of Clay
Swedish På lerfötter On Clay Feet
Reading Order Guide
Preceded by
Maskerade
19th Discword Novel Succeeded by
Hogfather
Preceded by
Men at Arms
4th City Watch Story
Published in 1996
Succeeded by
Jingo

References

  1. ^ Feet of Clay The Annotated Pratchett File

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Feet of Clay - Hailey (989 words)
Every image and idol created by man has its feet of clay, because being of man it is of the earth, earthy.
In the dream the king saw a stone cut out without hands that smote the feet of the image, broke it to pieces, and ground it to powder; the powder was scattered as the chaff of the summer threshing floor.
But from their birth they have feet of clay, and eventually must receive the impact of divine truth that will bring them crashing to earth.
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