Дочитал "Guards! Guards!". Если Миша прав и следующие книги из этой ветки будут ещё лучше, я начинаю оценивать товарища Пратчетта заметно, заметно выше.
Лорд Ветеринари в одной из заключительных сцен излагает прямо таки мой взгляд на мир — изложенный, правда, несколько театрально, но тут уж такой жанр, ничего не поделаешь.
"I believe you find life such a problem because you think there are the good people and the bad people," said the man. "You're wrong, of course. There are, always and only, the bad people, but some of them are on opposite sides."
He waved his thin hand towards the city and walked over to the window.
"A great rolling sea of evil," he said, almost proprietorially. "Shallower in some places, of course, but deeper, oh, so much deeper in others. But people like you put together little rafts of rules and vaguely good intentions and say, this is the opposite, this will triumph in the end. Amazing!" He slapped Vimes
good-naturedlyon the back.
"Down there," he said, "are people who will follow any dragon, worship any god, ignore any iniquity. All out of a kind of humdrum, everyday badness. Not the really high, creative loathesomeness of the great sinners, but a sort of
mass-produceddarkness of the soul. Sin, you might say, without a trace of originality. They accept evil not because they say yes, but because they don't say no."