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By Terry Pratchett

Once upon a time there has been a fairy godmother named Desiderata who had an outstanding center, a smart head, and negative making plans skills—which, regrettably, left the Princess Emberella within the care of her other (not particularly so stable and clever) godmother whilst loss of life got here for Desiderata. So now it is as much as Magrat Garlick, Granny Weatherwax, and Nanny Ogg to hop on broomsticks and make for far-distant Genua to make sure the servant lady does not marry the Prince.

But the line to Genua is bumpy, and alongside the best way the trio of witches encounters the occasional vampire, werewolf, and falling residence (well it is a fairy tale, after all). the difficulty particularly starts off as soon as those reluctant foster-godmothers arrive in Genua and needs to outwit their power-hungry counterpart who'll cease at not anything to accomplish a formal "happy ending"—even if it ability destroying a kingdom.

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Was once he dishonest? ’ ‘I count on so,’ stated Nanny proudly. ‘The difficulty with Esme is that she don’t understand how to lose. She’s by no means had a lot perform. ’ ‘Lobsang Dibbler says occasionally you might want to lose to be able to win,’ acknowledged Magrat. ‘Sounds daft to me,’ acknowledged Nanny. ‘That’s Yen Buddhism, is it? ’ ‘No. They’re those who say you'll want to have lots of cash to win,’ acknowledged Magrat. 14 ‘In the trail of the Scorpion, how one can win is to lose each struggle other than the final one. you employ the enemy’s power opposed to himself. ’ ‘What, you get him to hit himself, kind of factor? ’ stated Nanny. ‘Sounds daft. ’ Magrat glowered. ‘What have you learnt approximately it? ’ she acknowledged, with uncharacteristic sharpness. ‘What? ’ ‘Well, I’m bored to death! ’ acknowledged Magrat. ‘At least I’m making an attempt to profit issues! I don’t cross round simply bullying humans and appearing bad-tempered forever! ’ Nanny took her pipe out of her mouth. ‘I’m now not bad-tempered,’ she stated mildly. ‘I wasn’t speaking approximately you! ’ ‘Well, Esme’s constantly been bad-tempered,’ stated Nanny. ‘It comes ordinary to her. ’ ‘And she not often does actual magic. What stable is being a witch if you happen to don’t do magic? Why doesn’t she use it to assist humans? ’ Nanny peered at her during the pipe smoke. ‘’Cos she is familiar with how stable she’d be at it, I suppose,’ she stated. ‘Anyway, I’ve recognized her many years. identified the entire family members. all of the Weatherwaxes is sweet at magic, even the lads. They’ve acquired this magical streak in ’em. type of a curse. besides . . . she thinks you can’t support individuals with magic. no longer appropriately. It’s real, too. ’ ‘Then what sturdy –? ’ Nanny prodded on the pipe with a fit. ‘I appear to bear in mind she come over and helped you out should you had that spot of plague on your village,’ she acknowledged. ‘Worked the clock round, I keep in mind. by no means identified her no longer deal with anyone unwell who wanted it, even if they, you recognize, have been beautiful oozy. And whilst the large ole troll that lives lower than damaged Mountain got here down for support simply because his spouse was once unwell and everybody threw rocks at him, I commit it to memory used to be Esme that went again with him and added the infant. Hah . . . then while previous Chickenwire Hopkins threw a rock at Esme a short time afterwards all his barns was once mysteriously trampled flat within the evening. She consistently stated you can’t support individuals with magic, yet you could support them with pores and skin. via doin’ actual issues, she intended. ’ ‘I’m no longer asserting she’s now not essentially a pleasant individual –’ Magrat begun. ‘Hah! i'm. You’d need to cross an extended day’s trip to discover a person essentially nastier than Esme,’ stated Nanny Ogg, ‘and this can be me sayin’ it. She is aware precisely what she is. She was once born to be sturdy and she or he don’t love it. ’ Nanny tapped her pipe out at the rail and grew to become again to the saloon. ‘What you were given to appreciate approximately Esme, my girl,’ she stated, ‘is that she’s acquired a psycholology in addition to an enormous eggo. I’m rattling pleased I ain’t. ’ Granny used to be twelve cash forward. every little thing else within the saloon had stopped. you'll listen the far away splash of the paddles and the cry of the leadman. Granny received one other 5 cash with a three-card Onion. ‘What do you suggest, a psycholology?

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