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Most heartbreaking lines from a book ever...

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iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:36:04

Mine has to be this one...

Then she was pressing her little proud broken self against his face, as close as she could get, and then they died.

I cried so hard the three times I've read the book (I haven't put the name of the book in case of spoilers) - what lines got to you?

echt Tue 17-Oct-17 10:39:20

I clicked on this to make the same post.

<Snivelly, snot-nosed tears every time emoticon>

EnidNextDoor Tue 17-Oct-17 10:43:01

What book is it from though?

Floellabumbags Tue 17-Oct-17 10:44:49

What did they die from? Mutual erotic asphyxiation?

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:45:54

echt it's just so sad.

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:46:36

floella no, they were shot

Enid His Dark Materials

GrandmaSuckingEggs Tue 17-Oct-17 10:47:20

"The People in the Trees" by Hanya Yanagihara has a line where they describe the dogs used in experiments.

It goes something like:

"They spent all day sitting, for they were unable to stand, in their cages staring patiently at their paws waiting for the next round of invasions".

I was reading it in the bath and sobbed for about an hour sad

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Tue 17-Oct-17 10:47:48

'I love you Mr Tom'- gets me every time.

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:48:09

Oh Grandma that's a sad one

Stpancras Tue 17-Oct-17 10:48:17

His Dark Materials is packed with them.

IsabelleSE19 Tue 17-Oct-17 10:52:52

Can't remember the exact wording and cannot physically look at the book again as it's too heartbreaking (am welling up just typing this) but the bit in Charlotte Gray where the little boys are at the concentration camp.

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:53:00

stpancras I just re-read the trilogy before La Belle Sauvage is released on Thursday and those lines broke me, as well as...

'...don't you go before I do...' he whispered. '...I couldn't abide to be anywhere away from you for a single second,' she whispered back

Sobs in the corner. (Names redacted, but also from His Dark Materials).

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 10:54:16

Not one I've read Isabelle but again, sounds tough!

Clawdy Tue 17-Oct-17 10:57:06

That heartbreaking last line from Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close. "We would have been safe."

Mrsfrumble Tue 17-Oct-17 10:58:03

The very last lines from I Capture the Castle always get me:
He said he would come back. Only the margin left to write on now. I love you, I love you, I love you.

IsabelleSE19 Tue 17-Oct-17 11:00:44

Since I was crying anyway I thought I might as well look it up:

'Jacob took André's hand and found that there was already something in it – a tin soldier. André kissed Jacob's shorn head, the stubble tender on his lips. There was another room, another door, with bolts and rubber seals, over whose threshold the two boys, among many others, went through icy air, and disappeared.'

I hope the fucking bastards who did this to real children in real life are burning in hell (although sadly I'm not religious).

iamdivergent Tue 17-Oct-17 11:02:37

That's powerful. I got goosebumps. I've never been able to read of watch the boy in the striped pyjamas either as I know what happens.

theredjellybean Tue 17-Oct-17 11:03:30

Rhett Butler: My darling your such a child, you think by saying "I'm Sorry" all the past can be corrected

It is same line in book and film... Really made me cry.. The realisation that sometimes saying sorry would not be enough, was a hard lesson for a romantic dreaming 15yr old.

LoislovesStewie Tue 17-Oct-17 11:08:00

Actually that line from 'His Dark Materials' always gets me too. Cry for ages ,and there is another point in the book between Lyra and Will where I sob too! ( Won't say which bit in case anyone is thinking of reading the trilogy).

Crunchymum Tue 17-Oct-17 11:08:25

I didn't even recognise the line, I am guessing this was when L.S died? It's been years since I've read them.

Yes the trilogy is pretty emotive.

Came on to say the same one in ops quote.

<wail>

My favourite characters, too.

NettleTea Tue 17-Oct-17 11:11:10

I cant get past the last chapter of Winnie the Pooh. Ive only had to read it twice, thank god I didnt have more kids.

Oh and recently I was howling at the death of Robert Webb's mother in How not to be a Boy

FlowerPotMum Tue 17-Oct-17 11:12:16

closes eyes".. I'm reading His dark materials for the first time! Hope I've forgotten the above before I get there in the books!
I can't think at the moment, but the final scenes from Tom's midnight garden always make me sniffle. I took DD for her 10th birthday to see an stage adaptation of it and oh my world, not a dry eye in the house!.
In fact I have something in my eye now!..

Blackadderspants Tue 17-Oct-17 11:12:59

This is a long one but gets me every single time - from the Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver:

“A mother's body remembers her babies--the folds of soft flesh, the softly furred scalp against her nose. Each child has its own entreaties to body and soul. It's the last one, though, that overtakes you. I can't dare say I loved the others less, but my first three were all babies at once, and motherhood dismayed me entirely. . . . That's how it is with the firstborn, no matter what kind of mother you are--rich, poor, frazzled half to death or sweetly content. A first child is your own best food forward, and how you do cheer those little feet as they strike out. You examine every turn of flesh for precocity, and crow it to the world.

But the last one: the baby who trails her scent like a flag of surrender through your life when there will be no more coming after--oh, that's love by a different name. She is the babe you hold in your arms for an hour after she's gone to sleep. If you put her down in the crib, she might wake up changed and fly away. So instead you rock by the window, drinking the light from her skin, breathing her exhaled dreams. Your heart bays to the double crescent moons of closed lashes on her cheeks. She's the one you can't put down.”

TieGrr Tue 17-Oct-17 11:17:38

The whole scene in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows where Harry is about to go meet Voldemort, and knows he's facing his own death but this bit in particular:

'You'll stay with me?'
'Until the very end,' said James.

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