By Terry Pratchett
The new Discworld novel, the fortieth within the sequence, sees the Disc's first educate come steaming into town.
To the consternation of the patrician, Lord Vetinari, a brand new invention has arrived in Ankh-Morpork - a good clanging monster of a computing device that harnesses the facility of the entire parts: earth, air, fireplace and water. This being Ankh-Morpork, it's quickly drawing astonished crowds, a few of whom stuck the zeitgeist early and arrive armed with notepads and intensely good rainwear. wet von Lipwig isn't really a guy who enjoys labor - as grasp of the publish place of work, the Mint and the Royal financial institution his enter is, after all, very important . . . yet mostly depending on phrases, that are thankfully now not very heavy and don't regularly want greasing. besides the fact that, he does get pleasure from being alive, which makes a brand new task provide from Vetinari not easy to refuse . . . Steam is emerging over Discworld, pushed through Mister Simnel, the fellow wi' t'flat cap and sliding rule who has an enticing association with the sine and cosine. wet should grapple with gallons of grease, goblins, a fats controller with a background of throwing staff down the steps and a few very offended dwarfs if he's going to forestall all of it going off the rails . . .
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I immediately retired, and a moment later Mr. Grouch entered Raffles Holmes’s den. “Glad to see you,” said Raffles Holmes cordially. ” asked the visitor in surprise. “Yes,” said Holmes. “Next Tuesday is young Wilbraham’s twenty-first birthday, and—” Peering through a crack in the door I could see Grouch stagger. ” he gasped out. “Only roughly, Mr. Grouch,” said Holmes, coolly. “Only roughly. But I am very much afraid that I can’t do what you want me to. Those bonds are doubtless in some broker’s box in a safe-deposit company, and I don’t propose to try to borrow them surreptitiously, even temporarily, from an incorporated institution.
Yes,” he said. “The reward will arrive on time, but it’s been 40 the devil’s own job. ” he added, taking a small package wrapped in tissue-paper out of his pocket and disclosing its contents. ” I cried, as my eyes fell on two such diamonds as I had never before seen. They sparkled on the paper like bits of sunshine, and that their value was quite $100,000 it did not take one like myself, who knew little of gems, to see at a glance. ” asked Raffles Holmes. “The missing pendants,” said I. “Well—not exactly,” said Raffles Holmes.
Heavens! What will tomorrow’s story be? ” said I. ” “Physically, no—morally, my God! Jenkins, yes. I shall need all of your help,” he cried. ” I asked. “You know you have only to command me,” “Don’t leave me this night for a minute,” he groaned. “If you do, I am lost. The Raffles in me is rampant when I look at those jewels and think of what they will mean if I keep them. An independent fortune forever. All I have to do is to get aboard a ship and go to Japan and live in comfort the rest of my days with this wealth in my possession, and all the instincts of honesty that I possess, through the father in me, will be powerless to prevent my indulgence in this crime.
Raising Steam (Discworld, Book 40) (UK Edition) by Terry Pratchett