Stephenie Meyer · 738 pages
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“Try not to get caught up in antiquated gender roles.”
“I thought about falling to my knees on purpose. This was the kind of beauty you worshiped. The kind you built temples for and offered sacrifices to. I wished I had something in my empty hands to give her, but what would a goddess want from a mediocre mortal like me?”
“My face was burning, and I knew I must look like a gorilla on a greyhound.”
“Since she obviously preferred me dead, she was pretending that I was.”
“Not that she wasn't hot - she was super, mega, hot - but not.. approachable. Like, not even the Rock would dare to whistle at her, if you know what I mean.”
“I sat with my legs folded under me, my elbows on my knees and my chin on my hands. It was very warm--the sun felt strange on my skin now that I was so used to the rain--and the meadow was still lovely, but it was just background now. It didn't stand out. I had a new definition of beauty.”
“Seriously, though, this wasn’t a life and death situation—it was just high school. It’s not like anyone was going to bite me.”
“She cut him off. “We’re finished, thank you very much, that ought to cover it, no change, thanks.” She was already out of her seat. I fumbled for my wallet. “Um, let me—you didn’t even get anything—” “My treat, Beau.” “But—” “Try not to get caught up in antiquated gender roles.”
“Another legend claims that we descended from wolves—and that the wolves are our sisters still.”
“As always, I was too aware of Edythe sitting close enough to touch, but still so far away she might as well have been a product of my imagination.”
“That had always been my way, though. Making decisions was the painful part for me, the part I agonized over. But once the decision was made, I just followed through—relieved that the choice was made.”
“I didn’t feel the need to rub it in to every cheeseburger I conquered.”
“I don’t really know anything about cars. I wouldn’t be able to fix anything that broke, and I couldn’t afford a mechanic.…”
“And so the lion fell in love with the lamb,”
“I didn’t relate well to people my age. Maybe the truth was that I didn’t relate well to people, period.”
“I felt like some crazy old miser, gloating over his piles of gold coins, only instead of coins, it was seconds that I hoarded.”
“Ahora mismo, considero que la humanidad está muy sobrevalorada.”
“I’ve been staring forever in the face for a century, and tonight is the very first time it’s looked beautiful to me. Because of you.”
“I wasn’t very good at leaving you alone when I tried. I don’t know how to do it.”
“Will you do me a favour? Stop trying to figure that one out.”
She half-smiled. “I suppose, given the frequency of your near-death experiences, it’s actually safer for me to stay close.”
“True story. You never know when another rogue van might attack.”
“There were a few things I knew for sure. For one, Edythe was an actual vampire. For another, there was a part of her that saw me as food. But in the end, none of that mattered. All that mattered was that I loved her, more than I’d ever imagined it was possible to love anything. She was everything I wanted, the only thing I would ever want.”
“If his destiny be strange, it is also sublime. Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea”
“But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17”
“I felt a strange sense of pride, being able to claim her this way. Kind of Neanderthal of me, but there it was.”
“Lord Antesh,” Uncle Sentes said. “I see no recognisable flag of truce, do you?” Antesh pursed his lips and shook his head. “Can’t say as I do, my lord.” “Well then.” “. . . swift transportation to any land of your choice,” the Volarian was saying, the scroll held in front of his eyes. “Plus one hundred pounds in gol—” He choked off as Antesh’s arrow punched through the scroll and the breastplate beyond. He tumbled from the saddle and lay still, the scroll pinned to his chest. “Right,” the Fief Lord said, turning away. “Let me know when the rest get here.”
“Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people”
“That’s how I know it was really love, I guess,” he says, his words bringing my head back to level, my eyes right to him. He’s still lost in the stars. “When you want something for someone else more than you want them to be here for you—when you just wish they had more time, rather than more time with you. I’m pretty sure that’s love.”
“It's the goats," he said, his voice low.
"The what?" Fen said.
"The, uh, goats. Thor ... in the myths ... Thor has goats."
Fen pressed his lips together, but after only a moment, he sputtered a laugh. Baldwin joined in. Even Laurie seemed to be trying to hold one back. Matt's cheeks heated.
"Seriously? Goats?" Fen said. "That is awesome."
"They're magical goats," Matt said.
"Magical ..." Fen couldn't even manage the rest without choking on his laughter.
"Do not mock the son of Thor," Hildar said. "The goats are very important. It is an aspect of the great god. Oku-Thor."
"Oku-Thor?" Fen said.
"Lord of the Goats," Hildar said.
All three burst out laughing, even Laurie. Matt tried to explain that wasn't the real translation - it meant "Driver Thor", referring to the goat cart he drove, not the actual goats, but no one was listening to him. The damage was done.”
“A brother's love? You don't know him at all, do you. What's a death but easy, quick. It's supposed to haunt you forever that the one time he beat you was the one time that mattered.”
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