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Children whose parents don’t mind the oshitoshitoshit cry towards the start presumably. Rincewind’s back, having wandered in the Dungeon Dimensions since Sourcery, and the Luggage is just behind him. Rincewind remembers the eight spells, but doesn’t think about how he was possessed by one of them. OK, it’s something you would want to forget, but would you manage to? Sometimes there’s a feeling as if he’s a different Rincewind, just as sometimes it appears to be a different Discworld. Actually there is a different Rincewind, or rather a distant ancestor, who is an equivalent of Ulysses or Odysseus from The Odyssey and The Iliad.
Hwel has even written a play for the occasion, on Midsummer’s Night, which even now the rude mechanicals of the Lancre Morris men are rehearsing. And across at Unseen University a nostalgic Archchancellor Ridcully, Ponder Stibbons, an increasingly crazed Bursar and a theatre-loving orang-utan librarian have decided to attend. Unfortunately at Midsummer’s Eve the fabric between the universes is at its weakest; the elves are poised to break through and invade with the unwitting aid of young women who are trying to become witches by dancing around a stone circle.
She gets her wish to see Granny busy again when a royalty cheque for a cookbook accidentally goes to Granny rather than Nanny, the true author. Granny is incensed about the profits that the publishers have made and determines to go to Ankh-Morpork with Nanny to seek redress, and at the same time, since they’re there, no skin off her nose, they’ll check on how Agnes is getting on. Agnes, as it happens, it at the centre of a murder plot, with a homicidal ghost stalking the opera house. 50 Major Targets: Opera, stage musicals, especially The Phantom Of The Opera, Evita and Cats, and stage superstitions.