By Terry Pratchett
The Ghost within the bone-white masks who haunts the Ankh-Morpork Opera apartment was once consistently thought of a benign presence -- a few may even say fortunate -- until eventually he begun killing humans. The surprising rash of unusual behind the curtain deaths now threatens to mar the operatic debut of nation woman Perdita X. (nee Agnes) Nitt, she of the abundant physique and ampler voice. Perdita's anticipated to conceal within the refrain and sing arias out loud whereas a extra petitely presentable soprano mouths the notes. yet a minimum of it is an get away from scheming Nanny Ogg and outdated Granny Weatherwax again domestic, who wish her to hitch their witchy ranks. as soon as Granny units her brain on whatever, despite the fact that, it really is tough -- and infrequently dangerous -- to dissuade her. And no opera-prowling phantom fiend goes to maintain a couple of decided hags down at the farm after they have noticeable Ankh-Morpork.
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Er…Cinnamon and Marshmallow Fingers…page 17…” Granny looked it up. ” Granny looked that up, too. “Can’t say it astonished me,” she said. ” “Er…well, more or less all of Humorous Puddings and Cake Decoration. That’s all of Chapter Six. ” Granny turned to Chapter Six. She had to turn the book around a couple of times. ” said Nanny Ogg, because an author is always keen to get feedback. “Strawberry Wobbler,” said Granny. “Ah. ” It did not appear to be obtaining one from Granny. She carefully closed the book.
Or else…it was going to be gray wings in the night, or the clang of the oven door… The manuscript fell apart as soon as Mr. Goatberger picked it up. It wasn’t even on proper paper. It had been written on old sugar bags, and the backs of envelopes, and bits of out-of-date calendar. He grunted, and grabbed a handful of the musty pages to throw them on the fire. A word caught his eye. He read it, and his eye was dragged to the end of the sentence. Then he read to the end of the page, doubling back a few times because he hadn’t quite believed what he’d just read.
Granny cast her gimlet gaze to the bottom of the crowded cover, where it said, in very small lettering, “CXXviith Printyng. More Than Twenty Thoufand Solde! ” she said. “Only a couple of dollars,” said Nanny. “Damn good job they made of it, too. ” Granny Weatherwax was grudgingly literate but keenly numerate. She assumed that anything written down was probably a lie, and that applied to numbers, too. Numbers were used only by people who wanted to put one over on you. Her lips moved silently as she thought about numbers.
Maskerade by Terry Pratchett