I’m watching Hogfather because some brilliant someone put Diskworld on my dash, and I’m remembering how much I absolutely love Pratchett.
I want to throw just this one little story element out there.
Susan is a governess to two young children. They’re supposed to be asleep, but the little girl comes into her room and says, “I’m scared that the monster in the cellar is going to eat me.”
And Susan takes her seriously. Susan takes her fear seriously.
She gets up, grabs a fire poker, and marches off to the cellar. The adults in the house see the two going past, and they think it’s a lark; it might actually work, they say, pretending to go into the cellar and making noise, so the little girl thinks the monster has been vanquished. Very psychological.
We get a scene with the girl waiting patiently on the stairs and the adults not quite knowing what to make of all the noise, and then Susan comes out of the cellar, fire poker bent horrendously out of shape. The adults say, ‘good touch that’ and head back to their dinner party.
And then Susan goes back into the cellar and drags the very real monster out by the tail, and she throws it out of the house.
Can we all just soak that in for a minute? Okay good.
You should always take kids seriously when they’re scared. Because sometimes, the monsters are real. And sometimes, no one else is listening.
Terry Pratchett is just awesome.