Literary Love - REVEALED!

Current Theme Song (aka what's playing on my ipod right now): The Dragon Book by John Powell [How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack].

You guys are awesome! I thought these were way to obscure. I mean, they are only a single line. Cupcakes to everyone!

"I love you," he whispered. "I hope you don't mind."
-Touchstone to Sabriel, Sabriel by Garth Nix.

(I have to admit, this is one of my favorites, just because of their entire relationship that builds up to this point). Here is the full quote:

Touchstone watched, suddenly conscious that he probably only had five seconds left to be alone with Sabriel, to say something, to say anything. Perhaps the last five seconds they ever would have alone together.
I am not afraid, he said to himself.
"I love you," he whispered. "I hope you don't mind."
Sabriel looked back at him, and smiled, almost despite herself. Her sadness at her father's death was still there, and her fears for the future--but seeing Touchstone staring apprehensively at her somehow gave her hope.
"I don't mind," she whispered back, leaning toward him.

"Calf love doesn't usually survive amputation, Your Majesty."
-Eugenides to the [one of the] Queen[s], The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner.

"A Kiss," said Mogget sleepily. "Actually, just a breath would do. But you have to start kissing someone sometime, I suppose."
-Mogget to Sabriel, Sabriel by Garth Nix. (This was the only double, but man, I do love this series).

He's staring at me so intensely I can see the stripes of gold alternating with the green in his eyes like spokes of a wheel.
I shake my head.
"That's a good thing." He's still staring at me like that, like he's the first and last person who will ever stare at me.
"Because..." His voice trails off, and his eyes travel slowly down to my lips, and there's so much heat roaring through my body I swear I'm going to pass out.
"Because?" I prompt him, surprised I can still speak.
"Because I'm sorry, but I can't help it, and I really need to kiss you right now."
-Kent to Samantha, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Now she was waiting to be contradicted. But Calvin said, "Do you know this is the first time I've seen you without your glasses?"
"I'm blind as a bat without them. I'm near-sighted, like Father."
"Well, you know what, you've got dream-boat eyes," Calvin said. "Listen, you go right on wearing your glasses. I don' think I want anybody else to see what gorgeous eyes you have."
-Calvin to Meg, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle.

"The question then is, how much are you willing to give?"
And I answered, "Anything."
A breath later, Zane echoed my response with, "Everything."
-Danica and Zane, Hawksong by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes.

"From the very beginning— from the first moment, I may almost say— of my acquaintance with you, your manners, impressing me with the fullest belief of your arrogance, your conceit, and your selfish disdain of the feelings of others, were such as to form the groundwork of disapprobation on which succeeding events have built so immovable a dislike; and I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom I could ever be prevailed on to marry."
-Elizabeth to Fitzwilliam Darcy, Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (you nailed it) :)

"A wager?" I repeated.
"Yes," he said, and gave me a slow smile, bright with challenge. ...
"Stake?" I asked cautiously. He was still smiling, an odd sort of smile, hard to define.
"A kiss." My first reaction was outrage, but then I remembered that I was on my way to Court, and that had to be the kind of thing they did at Court. And if I win I don't have to collect. I hesitated only a moment longer, lured by the thought of open sky, and speed, and winning.
"Done," I said.
-Meliara to Vidanric, Crown Duel/Court Duel by Sherwood Smith. (I totally was not expecting anyone to get this, I'll be completely honest. Rock on you).

She sighed. Loudly. "Physical appearance is not what is important."
Yeah right. Tell that to any girl who hasn't bothered to put on a presentable shirt or fix her hair because she's only running into the grocery store to get a quart of milk for her grandmother, and who does she see tending the 7-ITEMS-OR-LESS cash register but the guy of her dreams, except she can't even say hi- much less try to develop a meaningful relationship- since she looks like the poster child for the terminally geeky.
-Giannine, Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde.

He wondered what the years had done to his face as he traced the effects on hers. Eyes the same blue-lit green, but where mischievous joy once danced, now he saw sadness, deep as the ocean. Her cheeks were thinner. There was something else too: the arrogant pride of a princess seemed to be extinct. Yet the indefinable, untamed quality of her spirit remained. Yes, it was [her].
-Landon to Torina, The Seer and the Sword by Victoria Hanley.


NotNessie @ Today's Adventure said...

I have only read a couple of these, but I'm adding some more to my to-read list as of right now.

You really loved the Abhorsen trilogy THAT much? I started on the first one maybe a couple of years ago and I thought it was rather lackluster... gave up a couple of chapters in. Perhaps I'll have to give it another shot.

Meg said...

Yay! Thanks for posting...I KNEW that I knew the first one...big DUH to myself. I loved loved Sabriel...I only wish he would have continued the series past Abhorson! (NotNessie: I wasn't a big fan of Lirael)

The other ones are definitely being added to my pile of must reads for this month!

I love Sherwood Smith!

Pardon my random thoughts, but thanks again for posting!

Pica said...

How on earth could I have missed so many! Gack. Now they seem so obvious, but I suppose that's the benefit of hindsight for you. I'm so glad you put in Heir Apparent (one of my favorite books) and so annoyed that I forgot where it was from. Thanks for posting these!

Heather Zundel said...

NotNessie - How far into Sabriel did you get? What is the last part you remember? (and yes, I really did like it that much).

Meg - Hee. I know how you feel! And guess what? *whispers* there are going to be at least two more books in the Sabriel universe. I'm so excited! And you're right - Sherwood Smith is awesome.

Pice - It's hard! And you had some great guesses. Don't sell yourself short! And you are welcome about Heir Apparent. My pleasure. :)

Meg said...


Now if only we can get him to publish them sooner rather than later.

*sigh* I guess I'll just go listen the audio book with the awesome Tim Curry.