It was about to be the worst night of his life for Zebbo Mooty, Thief Third Class, and it wouldn't have made him any happier to know that it was also going to be his last one. The rain was keeping people indoors, and he was behind on his quota. He was, therefore, a little less cautious than he might otherwise have been.
In the night time streets of Ankh-Morpork caution is an absolute. There is no such thing as moderately cautious. You are either very cautious, or you are dead. You might be walking around and breathing, but you're dead, just the same.
He heard the muffled sounds coming from the nearby allay, slid
his leather-bound cosh from his sleeve, waited until the victim was almost
turning the corner, sprang out, said
Oh, shi— and died.
It was a most unusual death. No-one else had died like that for hundreds of years.
The stone wall behind him glowed cherry red with heat which gradually faded into darkness.
He was the first to see the Ankh-Morpork dragon. He derived little comfort from knowing this, however, because he was dead.
He smoked incessantly but the weird thing, Carrot noticed, was that any cigarette smoked by Nobby became a dog-end almost instantly but remained a dog-end indefinitely or until lodged behind his ear, which was a sort of nicotine Elephant's Graveyard.
He was aware of a penetrating stare in the back of his neck, and turned and looked into the big, bland and gentle face of an orangutan
It was a seated at the bar with a pint mug and bowl of peanuts in front of it. It tilted its glass amicably towards Carrot and then drank deeply and noisily by apparently forming its lower lip into a sort of prehensile funnel and making a noise likea canal being drained.
He nodded to the troll which was employed by the Drum as a splatter.1
1 Like a bouncer, but trolls use more force.