“‘I thought she was going to get married to the king,’ said Gammer Brevis. ‘Everyone did,’ said Nanny. ‘But you know Magrat. She tends to be open to Ideas. Now she says she refuses to be a sex object.’ They all thought about this. Finally Gammer Brevis said, slowly, in the manner of one surfacing from the depths of fascinated cogitation, ‘But she’s never been a sex object.’”
I found this poem by Marilese (poetfreak) that mentions this “surfacing from the depths of fascinated cogitation”:
I don’t know why this little phrase has always amused me. Is it the “fascinated cogitation” or is it the “surfacing from the depths”? Or maybe it is the “in the manner of” phrase? Whatever it is, from the very first time I read this book this quote has stuck in my memory.
If you’ve never read a Terry Pratchett book, I highly recommend his writing. I especially like the Tiffany Aching series: The Wee Free Men, A Hat Full of Sky, Wintersmith, and I Shall Wear Midnight.
Other books I especially enjoy by Terry Pratchett: Equal Rites, Maskerade, Witches Abroad, Mort, Reaper Man, Soul Music. The books with Granny Weatherwax, the Wee Free Men and/or DEATH are my particular favorites.
If you have a favorite quote from one of Terry Pratchett’s books, please share it in a comment! I’d be interested to hear what sticks in other people’s minds.
blog post “what order to read the Pratchett Discworld books” —http://tomwebster25.wordpress.com/2013/06/11/discworld-reading-order/