Long after the book has been read........

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Postby Emberella » Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:01 pm

The ending of Small Gods, when Brutha leads Vorbis across the black sand. Death asks him something like 'THIS MAN HAD HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TORTURED AND MURDERED, WHY WOULD YOU HELP HIM?'
And Brutha replies 'Because I'm me.' (or similar, bit late to turf out the book for the exact passage.)

This is what made me want to read more Discworld. It's a beautiful sentiment simply put.. it makes me go all misty-eyed just thinking about it.
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Postby The Mad Collector » Mon Sep 12, 2011 6:18 am

Actual section is below in white as it is major spoiler if you haven't read the book

Terry Pratchett at the end of Small Gods wrote:What Brutha had thought was a rock in the sand was a hunched figure, sitting clutching its knees. It looked paralyzed with fear.
He stared.
"Vorbis?" he said.
He looked at Death.
"But Vorbis died a hundred years ago!"
YES. HE HAD TO WALK IT ALL ALONE. ALL ALONE WITH HIMSELF. IF HE DARED.
"He's been here for a hundred years?"
POSSIBLY NOT. TIME IS DIFFERENT HERE. IT IS . . . MORE PERSONAL.
"Ah. You mean a hundred years can pass like a few seconds?"
A HUNDRED YEARS CAN PASS LIKE INFINITY.
The black-on-black eyes stared imploringly at Brutha, who reached out automatically, without thinking . . . and then hesitated.
HE WAS A MURDERER, said Death. AND A CREATOR OF MURDERERS. A TORTURER. WITHOUT PASSION. CRUEL. CALLOUS. COMPASSIONLESS.
"Yes. I know. He's Vorbis," said Brutha. "Vorbis changed people. Sometimes he changed them into dead people. But he always changed them. That was his triumph."
He sighed.
"But I'm me," he said.
Vorbis stood up, uncertainly, and followed Brutha across the desert.
Death watched them walk away.
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Postby Tonyblack » Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:00 am

That's a great bit. :D
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Postby Emberella » Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:43 am

That's the one, thank you.

A little bit of liquid just fell out of my eye. It really is my favouritest bit.
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Postby Australis » Sat Oct 22, 2011 12:29 pm

There are so many, so very many.

The one that I often think of, for some reason, is the question Death asked the Auditors:

AND NOW THERE REMAINS ONLY ONE FINAL QUESTION... HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY... OR NICE?

HO. HO. HO.

And because it was Hogfather, I remembered the arrival of the sled at the department store. That was cool.

Vimes in just about everything. And Vetinari. His idea that he shouldn't practice unnecessary cruelty... while being bang alongside the idea of necessary cruelty. "Do not let me detain you."

He's an excellent role model. :)
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Postby MongoGutman » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:05 pm

Nobby whirling a morningstar around
Why don't you knock it off with them negative waves? Why don't you dig how beautiful it is out here? Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change? ~~ Oddball
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Nullus Anxietas » Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:52 pm

For some reason, Greebo as a human with eyepatch.
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby meerkat » Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:30 pm

That bit in Snuff where Flutter explains how Stratford made him put all the Goblins entrails back in the body!
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Ziriath » Thu Feb 23, 2012 9:54 pm

The beginning of Guards! Guards!, when drunk Vimes is lying in the ditch, the magic neon sign above him blinking and hissing in the rain...Poor old Vimes...
Vetinari lookin' at that wall...
Dragon destroying the palace.
This whole book would be an awesome movie, but I hope nobody's going to film it. I can imagine every scene of it, including the lighting and camera angle...
And many, many other.

One of my favourite scenes is in Jingo, where Vetinari runs through a corridor: ....(his) robes flying around him and calves twinkling as he skipped from stone to stone...'' Jingo was the third Discworld I've read (after Soul Music and Interesting Times), and this particular scene made me love him. The fact he apparently does not wear any pants, makes him even more awesome and badass.
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby raptornx01 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:12 pm

The Where's my cow cave scene at the end of thud. my favorite scene in all the books. i love it.

Death's Swing for susan stuck in my head for awhile too.

as did the luggage getting attacked by the wizards of krull and merely walking out of the magical fire.
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Mattvwj » Sat Feb 25, 2012 8:12 pm

Weirdly its Death cooking in Mort, and on that theme, Death Getting drunk in Mort.

Also Vimes running up the stairs in Thud when the dwarf was in the Nursery

..... Oh and Willikins at the end of Snuff and his confrontation with Stratford.

....and the Final fight scene in Night watch with the Lilacs, as well as Reg Shoes death in the same book

This is a fair representation of how the ideas kept popping up in my head if you're wandering about the odd post style!
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Sister Jennifer » Sun Feb 26, 2012 12:40 am

Ah, so many! Here's a few off the top of my head.

Night Watch - Finding the prisoners at the Unmentionables HQ and Young Sam losing it.

Lords & Ladies - Nanny having a bath. AAAaaaeeeeee wizzaaards staaafff has a knobontheend, knobontheend.

Lords & Ladies - Jason shoeing Binky.

Monstrous Regiment - Polly's brother in the cell, drawing with the chalk someone had given him. (Has made me cry every time I've read it).

Hogfather - The matchgirl scene & Albert throwing snowballs at the angels.

Small Gods - Brutha , Death & Vorbis on the edge of the desert.

I'll make myself stop now. ;) .
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Paranye » Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:32 am

So many of the ones that sprang instantly to mind have been mentioned - Vorbis on the sands, the prisoners in Night Watch, Death talking to Azrael, that horrifying AU death-list in Jingo (that breaks my heart a little every time I read it), Vetinari's effortless street performance ("It is always important to know where the chicken is.").

A couple of my own are:

The hydrophobes, back in The Light Fantastic - trained over their entire lives to feel so much genuine, utter disgust for water that they actually repel it. Human beings being mostly water, their sanity does not remain intact for long.

Tiffany in Wintersmith sitting down to have a cry, because it needed to be done, then getting up to milk the goats because that had to be done too.

In I Shall Wear Midnight, the little bouquet of nettles for Amber's baby. I'd call that a strong contender for grimmest moment ever.

Interesting Times, Rincewind talking to Pretty Butterfly. She says there are causes worth dying for and Rincewind replies - hang on, I'll find the quote - "No, there aren't! Because you've only got one life but you can pick up another five causes on any street corner!" "Good grief, how can you live with a philosophy like that?" Rincewind took a deep breath. "Continuously!"

Vimes, emphatically off the wagon, clutching his badge so hard it cuts into his hand.

One I know I'll never forget: Vetinari, poisoned in Feet of Clay, falling - but not really falling over, crumpling up, from top to bottom, ankles first and then knees, like a doll... Gave me the collywobbles, that did.

Okay, okay, I'll stop, now.

Wait, one more - not a Discworld book, but an honourable mention has to go to the scene in Good Omens where Aziraphale, after his complete failure of a magic act at the not-Antichrist's birthday, is distractedly trying to pull an ex-dove out of his sleeve. Crowley reaches over, takes the dead bird and casually breathes life back into it and lets it fly off. Just a tiny throwaway thing, not even alluded to by either of them. Sweetest damn thing ever.
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby Ziriath » Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:51 am

Paranye wrote:...One I know I'll never forget: Vetinari, poisoned in Feet of Clay, falling - but not really falling over, crumpling up, from top to bottom, ankles first and then knees, like a doll... Gave me the collywobbles, that did.....


Mr. Spock from Star Trek did this in some episode (if only I could remember which one). When I saw that scene, it cracked me up.
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Re: Long after the book has been read........

Postby prajuvikas » Wed Feb 29, 2012 7:49 pm

The card game Granny Weatherwax had with Death to save the life of a child (I forget which book)...

Can't say exactly why...but that passage moves me no end...
The soul and centre of witchcraft in that passage right there...
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