This week’s tour topic is: THE WEASEL
Weasels are usually very useful, obtaining information from unlikely sources and the like. For that matter they may be fun to be around. But can they ever really be trusted? Usually about as far as they can be thrown, but one never knows.
I thought this would be a lot easier, but for some reason I struggled to come up with more than a few examples of The Weasel. Of course, I think they're pretty good examples, so I don't feel too bad. :)
First up is the classic weasel, the beloved Tasslehoff Burrfoot from Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman's Dragonlance Chronicles. Tass is a Kender, born of race known for its fearlessness, insatiable curiosity, and mischievous personalities. They are incurable kleptomaniacs, not because they have a need to steal, but because they like to 'borrow' things . . . and just forget to give them back. Tass has a tendency to 'borrow' the kinds of mysterious, magical artifacts that come in very convenient for saving the world - time and time again. Of course, they're also known for their tendency to be at the wrong place at the wrong time, which is why the most terrifying thing on Krynn is the sound of a Kender saying "Oops." On that note, Tass is just about the only one of the Companions who can be relied upon to thwart Raistlin's treachery - accidentally, of course.
Next up is Corporal "Nobby" Nobbs of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch, first appearing in Guards! Guards!, the 8th Discworld novel from Terry Pratchett. To put it bluntly, Nobby is a nice guy, but he's also the kind of guy who joins the Watch to loot corpses. He's a unrepentant kleptomaniac, but he's also someone that you can trust with your life (just not your purse). As a member of the Watch, he's the first person anybody comes to when they need help finding something that's gone missing. Even if does turn out he wasn't the one to steal it in the first place, he usually knows the person who did. He's such a running gag within the Watch that anybody who wants something disposed of just leaves it in the evidence locker for him to steal.