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pongping Sun 25-Aug-13 08:50:52

Just been re-reading When We Were Very Young, and the lines in the last poem, Vespers, bring a tear to my eye every time:

Hush, hush, whisper who dares,
Christopher Robin is saying his prayers

I'm not sure why - I think it's the beauty of the innocence, the image of a lost world (the book is all nurses and stockings)?

In fact, just the title of the collection gives me a shiver.

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 10:20:00

Also "That is Susan through and through, just like me, just like you" at the end of Susan Laughs.

scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 10:27:40

I can't do the last bits of What colour is love, in a normal voice.

What colour is love?
I'll tell you little one.
It's a dark as the night and as bright as the sun.
Imagine a colour, and love is right there.
It is every colour, everything, everywhere.
What colour is love?
Every colour, all around,
because nothing else matters when it's love that you've found.


colafrosties Sun 25-Aug-13 10:34:55

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TSSDNCOP Sun 25-Aug-13 10:37:19

There's a chapter in Call The Midwife where a mother and her children enter the workhouse.

It describes how the children thought having their heads shaved was fun, but that the mother had none as she had sold her hair and her teeth already. Then they huddle one last time on a straw mattress before being separated.

I reac that 18 months ago and it still catches my throat.

ItWasLightCreamCheese Sun 25-Aug-13 10:38:00

All of The Heart In The Bottle. My DM died while I was pregnant with DTs, and I absolutely cannot read it to them at all.

Till one day she found an empty chair
And the chair was no longer empty. But the bottle was

Pinupgirl Sun 25-Aug-13 10:38:37

So many. The bit in Anne of Green gables when Matthew dies and calls Anne "my girl". Or in To kill a mockingbird-the line about how they never saw their neighbour Boo radley again. Sob.

LoopyLupo Sun 25-Aug-13 10:41:01

Post that last line of WTP. I can't remember it

MrsBradfield Sun 25-Aug-13 10:43:55

best last lines from novels

BraveNewLife Sun 25-Aug-13 10:53:34

Quasimodo saying to the gargoyles, "I wish that I were made of stone like you."

And later, after he watches esmarelda and the priest both die: "oh! All that I loved!"

And of course, Charlotte's Web..."nobody was with her when she died."

ButtonBoo Sun 25-Aug-13 10:57:40

The Book Thief - has me sobbing every time:

“Finally, in October 1945, a man with swampy eyes, feathers of hair, and a clean-shaven face walked into the shop. He approached the counter. "Is there someone here by the name of Leisel Meminger?"
"Yes, she's in the back," said Alex. He was hopeful, but he wanted to be sure. "May I ask who is calling on her?"

Heart breaking and heart warming at the same time...

lifeissweet Sun 25-Aug-13 11:01:13

"Now I am six I'm as clever as clever

So I think I'll be six now for ever and ever'

There was a little girl in my class who died during the summer after I taught her. She was six. This was read at her funeral and it kills me now - every time.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Sun 25-Aug-13 11:02:25

LauraChant - that line in Dogger gets me every time.


"Still they shine in the evening skies
Love, like starlight, never dies"

in No Matter What by Debi Gliori

RandallPinkFloyd Sun 25-Aug-13 11:08:38

On The Night You Were Born, I bought it for DS as he was born at night.

The whole thing is a challenge to get through but the last bit that starts "So whenever you doubt just how special you are, and you wonder who loves you, how much and how far....."

And ends with

"For never before in story or rhyme, not even once upon a time,
has he world ever known a you my friend;
and it never will, not ever again."


Madcaplady Sun 25-Aug-13 11:09:40

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scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 11:16:02

Also, the Kent's last lines in King Lear

I have a journey, sir, shortly to go.
My master calls me; I must not say no.

I had to read Kent's part in class at school once and couldn't physically speak these lines.

scaredysausage Sun 25-Aug-13 11:18:40

No Matter What was read at my son's funeral. I think I ruined that story for everyone there that day. sad

PurpleGirly Sun 25-Aug-13 11:23:05

This poem has always made me sob .. (Last few lines here)

I thought that love would last forever, I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: Put out every one
Pack up the moon, dismantle the sun
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood,
For nothing now can eve come good.

And then this one ...

Do not stand at my grave and weep,
I am not there; I do not sleep.
I am a thousand winds that blow,
I am the diamond glints on snow,
I am the sunlight on ripened grain,
I am the gentle autumn rain.
When you awaken in the morning’s hush
I am the swift uplifting rush
Of quiet birds in circled flight.
I am the soft stars that shine at night.
Do not stand at my grave and cry,
I am not there; I did not die.

PurpleGirly Sun 25-Aug-13 11:26:26

scaredysausage so sad. Beautiful words though x

MrsFrederickWentworth Sun 25-Aug-13 11:28:48

Scaredy, v sorry about the occasion, but what a wonderful thing to read. You won't have ruined it, just added anothet layer of meaning. I use that book so much.

For me, Beth's death, " the tide went out peacefully', in Little Women. What I hope for us all, when it comes.

And The Velveteen Rabbit, both the bit about what real love is and also the end..

kaytola Sun 25-Aug-13 11:29:31

The Winnie the pooh one. Makes me weep every time I read it.

So sorry about your son, Sausage.

Agh Monroe - that one gave me shivers. Poor Lee and Hester. sad

What's the line in Harry Potter describing Colin Creevey lying dead? It's something like, 'He was small in death' and it made me absolutely howl on first reading.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 11:34:35

Huge tracts of One Hundred Years of Solitude; Remedios the Beauty's ascent to heaven, the yellow butterflies, the climax. When I read it, I couldn't believe it was possible to write something like this.

This from Twelfth Night:

She never told her love,
But let concealment, like a worm i' the bud,
Feed on her damask cheek. She pined in thought,
And with a green and yellow melancholy
She sat like patience on a monument,
Smiling at grief. Was not this love indeed?

The last verse of Funeral Blues:

The stars are not wanted now, put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

The e.e.cummings poem "it may not always be so;and i say"

The Betjeman poem "Death in Leamington"

Some of my others have already been mentioned. There are bits of A Prayer for Owen Meany, the His Dark Materials trilogy, To Kill a Mockingbird, and the way The Unbearable Lightness of Being ends which I can't get through dry-eyed. Oh, and Breakfast of Champions.

moreyear Sun 25-Aug-13 11:55:24

Oh LauraChant I have to read the rest of Dogger with tears welling after that line.

And I adore e.e.cummings oinkling

Most of Oscar Wilde's short stories see me weeping uncontrollably but especially The Nightingale and the Rose.

'But the Nightingale's voice grew fainter, and her little wings began to beat, and a film came over her eyes. Fainter and fainter grew her song, and she felt something choking her in her throat.

Then she gave one last burst of music. The white Moon heard it, and she forgot the dawn, and lingered on in the sky. The red rose heard it, and it trembled all over with ecstasy, and opened its petals to the cold morning air. Echo bore it to her purple cavern in the hills, and woke the sleeping shepherds from their dreams. It floated through the reeds of the river, and they carried its message to the sea.'

I can barely read the page by the time I get to these lines.

oinkling Sun 25-Aug-13 12:01:44

moreyear I've only ever read Wilde's plays. Something tells me that is going to be changing very soon. That was so wistfully beautiful.

e.e.cummings and Virginia Woolf are so important to me. They both made me see writing and poetry for its art rather than its craft. A little light bulb went on in my head! smile

LauraChant Sun 25-Aug-13 12:02:36

I just looked it up and I got the Bella line wrong! But it's along those lines!

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