by Terry Pratchett
Nation Chapter 12 Summary
How It All Goes Down
Cannon and Politics
- Now that she isn't going to be executed for murder (whew!), Daphne leads Mau back to the Grandfather's cave to show him what she saw: a globe.
- It's upside down (at least by our standards), but it's an accurate representation of the world. In an ancient cave. That's been untouched for centuries.
- Daphne says, "I think people from this island sailed around the world, a long, long time ago. You remembered, but over the years it became a story for little children" (12.49).
- Mau is in awe that his ancestors were such worldly, knowledgeable people. In fact, they might just be the oldest people on Earth, the origin of humanity.
- They also find false gold teeth down there, which makes Mrs. Gurgle happy.
- Pilu tells the story of this new finding to the people, with just a few embellishments.
- Now that they've dual-handedly changed human history (that was easy!), Mau and Daphne are worried that something Foxlip said about Mr. Cox may have been true: that Cox is leading the cannibalistic Raiders now.
- To prepare for invasion, Mau runs the people through a series of drills. They're about as successful as Duck and Cover would have been, but A for effort.
- Daphne tries to help Mau with his people-managing skills, but she has genuine doubts that they'll be able to survive.
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