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Sunday, July 27th, 2008

Making Money

Categories: [ Books/Discworld ]

ISBN: 9780552154901

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Moist von Lipwig, Postmaster General of Ankh-Morpork is “asked” by the Patrician to become Master od the Royal Mint, restore the economy and find funding for the Patrician's grand plans for the city (the “Undertaking”). Moist's ideas are to get rid of the gold reserve, because it doesn't have any intrinsic value, and make paper money. At the same time, Moist's girlfriend Adora Belle finds an unknown number of sixty-thousand years old golems burried not far from Ankh-Morpork and who are slowly digging themselves out of their hole and coming to the city in a couple of days. Meanwhile Cosmo Lavish learns Moist secret (that he used to be a con artist who escaped somehow his death sentence) and wants to use this information to take back the Mint (the Lavish family used to own the Mint but lost it since the previous owner made her dog inherit all her shares and gave the dog to Moist for safekeeping). Moist then discovers that the Chief Cashier has over the years hidden the fact that the gold reserve was being spent by the Lavish (the cashier is a wereclown, born a clown but looking like a dull accountant by day, and was blackmailed). Soon after, the golems arrive in the city, all four thousand of them and take position to defend the city (what they were built for). Vetinari is afraid that the golems may destroy the city's economy (they work hard for no pay, there would be no work anymore), but Moist finds the way to give them order, and he orders them to burry themselves outside of the city. Eventually Cosmo Lavish is ridiculed by Moist in front of the Patrician and the truth about the stolen gold is found out. Moist decides to back the money with the golems, since they have a real intrinsic value.

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