In one of the Discworld books, there is a conversation in which Rincewind tries to justify his qualification as a wizard. He starts to say something like "I've passed dozens of exams" but catches the error and instead says something like "I've sat dozens of exams."

Can anyone help me to locate this quote? I think the last Discworld book I read was Men at Arms, and I have it in mind that the other individual in the conversation might have been Death (or Scrofula), but I'm not certain about that.

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This is from Sourcery

What? No! It says I’m a wizard, that’s what! Twenty years behind the staff, and proud of it! I’ve done my time, I have! I’ve pas—I’ve sat dozens of exams! If all the spells I’ve read were piled on top of one another, they’d…it’d…you’d have a lot of spells!”

He was speaking to Conina the Hairdresser, Cohen the Barbarian's daughter.

  • Thanks. Looking at the printing date in the edition I have, it's about 1/3 century since I read Sourcery. My memory wasn't too bad - just Death vs Conina was wrong. Easy mistake to make. Jan 6 at 17:30

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