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Blind Hugh
Blind Hugh
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Blind Hugh was a beggar, first encountered in The Colour of Magic, who, along with Cripple Wa, frequented the Pearl Dock at the Morpork docks. He was one of the first people to be aware of Twoflower's arrival in Ankh-Morpork carrying a disconcertingly large amount of gold and later assisted the tourist in finding his way to the Broken Drum. Hugh's report, first to the Thieves' Guild and then to the Patrician's intelligence service, is so full of detail that there is the suspicion that either his other four senses are working overtime to compensate for his lack of sight, or that he is not as 'blind' as he says; "Slightly Myopic Hugh" or "Not Quite Twenty-Twenty Vision Hugh" not having the necessary ring to fill a begging bowl as 'Blind Hugh'.

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 talking 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 scenes[]

Blind Hugh was portrayed by actor Paul Meston in the television adaptation of the novel.


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