The Last Continent: A Discworld Novel Themes

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Sex

Terry Pratchett's The Last Continent deals with Sex on two levels: biologically, as the agent of reproduction in plants and higher animals, and as the inspiration for sophomoric humor among celibate and repressed old men. The latter is given much more attention, because it fits the general tone of the novel and helps portray the characters involved.

The senior faculty of Unseen University (UU) finds themselves marooned on a lush tropical island along with the middle-aged head housekeeper, Mrs. Whitlow, who is described as quite prim and proper and hardly an alluring figure. Thrown together accidentally, the wizards are flustered by her very presence and compete with one another to protect her virtue. Every word they speak is taken as a euphemism for something sexual and, having been together since their student days, they have material for teasing one another. The Dean and the Senior Wrangler are infected...

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