In the Pratchett's book The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents, there is a moment when

the rat king makes

the intelligent cat Maurice

lose his intelligence and attack the albino rat Dangerous Beans. Maurice dies, meets Death and loses two lives (one for himself and one for Dangerous Beans).

After that, Maurice wakes up and

is intelligent again.

How is that possible? I think it is not explained in the book at all.

  • 3
    It's probably Narrative Causality. Mar 26, 2018 at 16:18
  • 4
    The RatKing confused him and drowned out his thoughts. When Maurice destroyed the RatKing, he could think again. Mar 31, 2018 at 22:47
  • @AaronGullison Hm...that sounds reasonable.
    – TGar
    Apr 1, 2018 at 9:56

1 Answer 1


Maurice is an intelligent cat.
The Rat King has the ability to control animals (he makes Maurice freeze and forces him to walk into the circle of huge rats) and see through their eyes. And when he gets angry, it causes mental pain to Maurice.

What he did was fill Maurice's mind with so much mental "static" that no mind was left there. Think of his mind as TV. Normally it shows a clear picture. But the Rat King used so much interference that the only thing left is static. And static for Maurice means "pure cat instincts" . Keep in mind Terry doesn't use the combination "intelligent cat" there. He uses the "clever cat" word combination.

A clever cat, but still... Just a cat. Nothing but a cat. All the way to the forest and the cave, the fang and the claw... Just a cat. And you can always trust a cat to be a cat.

Once the source of static (RatKing's anger) is removed, regular show continues for Maurice - which is thinking and intelligence.

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