Blind Hugh could also refer to his impact on other's visual system, along the line of "Blind you!", which could be considered a pune, or play on words and there is a certain similarity to the name of the god, Blind Io.
Hugh appears again in Jingo, where Samuel Vimes is tlaking to Carrot about which active street informants might be able to provide any leads to the attempted assassination of Prince Khufurah.
"Talk to... Blind Hugh-" "I'm afraid he passed away last month, sir" "Did he? No-one told me!" "I thought I sent you a memo, sir"
(Jingo, Corgi paperback, p107)
However, later in the book, temporary Patrician Ronald Rust has assembled assorted street beggars and informants, to find out what he can of the circumstances of Sir Samuel Vimes' First of Foot suddenly setting off for Klatch.
"What did he take the boat for?" asked Rust. "Dunno, m'lord" said Cumbling Michael, scratching his head. "Damn! Did anyone else see them?" "Oh, there weren't many people around, m'lord" "That's a small mercy, at least" "Just me and Foul Ole Ron and the Duck Man and Blind Hugh and Ringo Eyebrows and No Way José and Sidney Lopsides and that bastard Stoolie and Whistling Dick and a few others, m'lord"
(Jingo, Corgi paperback, p220)
So either Carrot was misinformed (unlikely?), there is an editing or continuity error or perhaps Blind Hugh's name has been assumed by another beggar after the first one passed away. Alternately, Crumbling Michael could be confused, have forgotten or deliberately trying to mislead Rust.
Pratchett is likely referencing 'Blind Pew', character in Robert Lewis Stevenson's Treasure Island in choosing this name. He uses the 'black spot' reference from Treasure Island in other novels.
Behind the scenesEdit
- The Colour of Magic (First appearance)
- The Colour of Magic (graphic novel)
- The Colour of Magic (television film)
- Jingo (Mentioned only)