Since then it has been reprinted twice as part of the Discworld canon: once as an "extra" in some editions of Snuff , and most recently in the new anthology of short stories and ephemeral writings, A Blink of the Screen. The story concerns a meeting of the Faculty of Unseen University to urgently discuss the threat posed by an inspection of the University precipitated by Lord Vetinari. The Patrician has deployed no less an individual to this task than the exceedingly thorough A. Pessimal , which is perhaps a strong indication that the University has done something to upset him. An author Terry Pratchett is suspected to have read is the master humorist and writer of farces, Tom Sharpe.
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The story describes the reaction of the wizards of the Unseen University to a proposal from the Patrician to introduce regulation of university education. It references the government inspector A. Pessimal , who goes on to have a significant role in Thud!
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A Collegiate Casting-Out of Devilish Devices
This banner text can have markup. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. The col ege council of the Unseen University, Discworld's oldest and most venerable school of wizardry, liked their Thursday afternoon meetings. The council chamber, with its stained-glass image of 'Archchancel or Sloman Discovering the Special Theory of Slood', was always nice and warm and there was a distant prospect of tea and chocolate biscuits at half-past three. Pointy hats nodded as the agenda was demolished with due mendacity and sleepy prevarication. As the biscuit hour approached, Archchancel or Mustrum Ridcul y drummed his fingers on the battered leather of the table. Possibly we have annoyed him in some way, committed some little faux pas -" "This is about Mayhap Street, isn't it?
A collegiate casting-out of devilish devices
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