Hyht loves his science books, but he lacks the background to really understand them so he has pretty imaginative interpretations of them.
Weg doesn't regret paying for his education since he turned out pretty good at making sense out of treatises and other actually useful things, but he does think it made him a little loopy. If those things can be taught to any child by anyone, not just in eeeeeery human schools, it could be convenient, but only if it doesn't turn them all weird too!
Weg might not see it yet, but broadening ones horizons with an education abroad (among humans in this case), is going to lead to wacky ideas, some might lead to change.
Maybe he ought to go with Hyht and see for himself what kinds of things are being taught?
Hyht underestimates how dangerous his project is actually. If too many people learn to read, someone will eventually tell Weg that his name doesn't spell I-D-I-O-T. What, it seemed funny at the time!!!
I love the clever line here: "I want their head!" I don't think anyone would assume that, coming from an orc, would mean education!
I really like this scene! Cause there's so much to like!
He might want their head in the other sense soon. It sounds logical to assume that very clever kids would be a good start to learn to teach, but the smartest kids aren't often the easiest to deal with!