The challenge: select and share three of your favorite textual passages, where you feel the author found the ‘perfect words’. Then tag your friends!
It was difficult, but I narrowed it down to three passages from three books. I present them to you in no particular order.
The first is from “The Wee Free Men,” by Terry Pratchett, which, even aside from this passage, is delightful and a must-read. I chose this passage because of its poignancy. A wanderer far from home tells this to Tiffany, the young heroine, as her adventure begins:
“I am the last o’ those who came. When this is o’er, I’ll seek the leave of the next kelda to return to my ain folk in the mountains. This is a fiiine fat country and this is a fiiine bonny clan my nephews have, but I would like to die in the heather where I was borrrned.”
“The Wee Free Men,” by Terry Pratchett, p. 123
It’s all right to cry! But really, I love this passage so much because it fills me with a longing for distant, heather-filled hills.
The second passage is from “Bitterblue,” by Kristin Cashore. This novel is stunning and one of my favorites—but not one I can recommend casually, because of certain content and the fact that it is the third book in a trilogy, and I did not care overly for the other two. But “Bitterblue,” recommending qualities aside, is stunning.
‘Bitterblue laid her pen down and went, cautiously, to an east-facing window. She put a hand to the frame to steady herself ….
‘Why do I push myself to these windows when I know I’ll be too dizzy to get a good look at anything? What is it I’m trying to see?’
“Bitterblue,” by Kristin Cashore, p. 19-20.
I love this passage for the same reason I love most of the novel: it asks questions and raises a sense of wonder that I find so relatable to my life.
The third and final quote was much harder to choose—not because I wasn’t sure which book to use! Instead, I couldn’t decide which specific quotation to include, because four or so pages near the end of “The Queen of Attolia,” by Megan Whalen Turner, are absolute perfection. For the sake of alacrity, I narrowed it down to a paragraph, removing names for the sake of not spoiling the plot.
“If there is one thing a woman understands, it is the nature of gifts. They are bribes when threats will not avail. Your emperor cannot attack this coast… [he must] hope to be invited in as an ally, and I did not invite him. … The problem with bribes… is that after your money is gone, threats still do not avail.”
-“The Queen of Attolia,” by Megan Whalen Turner, p. 232.
This is the last word in dignity, regality, and cunning. It left me jumping up and down, cheering—as did most of the series!
I tag Hannah from the Writer’s Window, Ghosty from Anything, Everything, Clara from To Find a Castle, Grace from Fictionally, Emma Clifton from Peppermint and Prose, Candice from O Ye Scribes, Sarah from Dreams and Dragons, Jemma from the Sherwood Storyteller… pretty much whoever wants to join in! And tell me in the comments: what are your favorite quotes?