Lessons from Captain Vimes: Why the rich are so rich and what royalty does to honest men

My favourite Discworld character is Vimes, who heads the City Watch. In “Men At Arms” we start to get a clearer view of the kind of man he is and why he is where he is. We’re told, early in the book, that Vimes knows that he is not a good copper because he has

“a certain core of stubborn bloody-mindedness… which upset important people, and anyone who upsets important people is automatically not a good copper.”

This attitude alone would be enough for me to admire him but it’s the thoughts he shares on the relationship between the poor and the rich and between honest men and kings that would make me want to buy him a pint and ask him to tell me more.

Here are my two favourite quotes so far:

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