The Infernal Devices Quotes

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One must always be careful of books," said Tessa, "and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Will looked horrified. "What kind of monster could possibly hate chocolate?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It's all right to love someone who doesn't love you back, as long as they're worth you loving them. As long as they deserve it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Remember when you tried to convince me to feed a poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?" "They ate it too," Will reminisced. "Bloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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There's plenty of sense in nonsense sometimes, if you wish to look for it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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If no one in the entire world cared about you, did you really exist at all?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Ah,” said a voice from the doorway, β€œhaving your annual β€˜everyone thinks Will is a lunatic’ meeting, are you? β€œIt’s biannual,” said Jem. β€œAnd no, this is not that meeting.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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You know," Gabriel said, "there was a time I thought we could be friends, Will." "There was a time I thought I was a ferret," Will said, "but that turned out to be the opium haze. Did you know it had that effect? Because I didn't.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You endure what is unbearable, and you bear it. That is all.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Let me give you a piece of advice. The handsome young fellow who's trying to rescue you from a hideous fate is never wrong. Not even if he says the sky is purple and made of hedgehogs.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Sometimes, when I have to do something I don't want to do, I pretend I'm a character from a book. It's easier to know what they would do.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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They say time heals all wounds, but that presumes the source of the grief is finite
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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We live and breathe words. .... It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them. Reading your words, what you wrote, how you were lonely sometimes and afraid, but always brave; the way you saw the world, its colors and textures and sounds, I felt--I felt the way you thought, hoped, felt, dreamt. I felt I was dreaming and thinking and feeling with you. I dreamed what you dreamed, wanted what you wanted--and then I realized that truly I just wanted you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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If no one cares for you at all, do you even really exist?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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I could not tell you if I loved you the first moment I saw you, or if it was the second or third or fourth. But I remember the first moment I looked at you walking toward me and realized that somehow the rest of the world seemed to vanish when I was with you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Well, she's not responding to my advances," he observed more brightly than he felt, "so she must be dead." "Or she's a woman of good taste and sense.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Black hair and blue eyes are my favorite combination.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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So you're a Shadowhunter,' Nate said. 'De Quincey told me that you lot were monsters.' 'Was that before or after he tried to eat you?' Will inquired.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I am catastrophically in love with you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Never trust a duck.
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Will Herondale
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A very magnanimous statement, Gideon,” said Magnus. β€œI’m Gabriel.” Magnus waved a hand. β€œAll Lightwoods look the same to me.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Men may be stronger, but it is women who endure.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Will smiled the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from Heaven.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Will rolled up his sleeves. "We'll probably have to knock down the door--" "Or," said Jem, reaching out and giving the knob a twist, "not." The door swung open onto a rectangle of darkness. "Now, that's simply laziness," said Will.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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We are all the pieces of what we remember. We hold in ourselves the hopes and fears of those who love us. As long as there is love and memory, there is no true loss.
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Cassandra Clare (City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6))
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When you find a man you wish to marry, Tessa, remember this: You will know what kind of man he is not by the things he says, but by the things he does.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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They’re not hideous,” said Tessa. Will blinked at her. β€œWhat?” β€œGideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. β€œThey’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.” β€œI spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, β€œof the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.” Tessa snorted. β€œAnd what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?” β€œMauve,” said Will.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Are you implying that shreds of my reputation remain intact?" Will demanded with mock horror. "Clearly I have been doing something wrong. Or not something wrong, as the case may be." He banged on the side of the carriage. "Thomas! We must away at once to the nearest brothel. I seek scandal and low companionship.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Drowning yourself won't help, she told herself sternly. Now, drowning Will, on the other hand...
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It's too late," she said. "Don't say that." His voice was half a whisper. "I love you, Tessa. I love you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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And to the devil with it if she is!" said the Consul. "One girl, who is not Nephilim, is not, cannot, be our priority." "She is my priority!" Will shouted.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Jem is nothing but goodness. That he struck you last night only shows how capable you are of driving even saints to madness.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Whatever you are physically...male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention β€” but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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When Will truly wants something,” said Jem, quietly, β€œwhen he feels something β€” he can break your heart.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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He’s very pretty. For a human.” β€œHe’s very broken,” said Magnus. β€œLike a lovely vase that someone has smashed. Only luck and skill can put it back together the way it was before.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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A little girl robbed you?" Tessa said. "Actually, she wasn’t a little girl at all, as it turns out, but a midget in a dress with a penchant for violence, who goes by the name of Six-Fingered Nigel." "Easy mistake to make," Jem said.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Do reasons matter when there's nothing that can be done to change things.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Trains are great dirty smoky things," said Will. "You won't like it." Tessa was unmoved. "I won't know if I like it until I try it, will I?" "I've never swum naked in the Thames before, but I know I wouldn't like it." "But think how entertaining for sightseers," said Tessa, and she saw Jem duck his head to hide the quick flash of his grin.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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We live and breathe words.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Sometimes one must choose whether to be kind or honorable," he said. "Sometimes one cannot be both.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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That was enterprising," Will sounded nearly impressed. Nate smiled. Tess shot him a furious look. "Don't look pleased with yourself. When Will says 'enterprising' he means 'morally deficient.'" "No, I mean enterprising," said Will. "When I mean morally deficient, I say, 'Now, that's something I would have done'.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It has been the privilege and the honor of my life to know you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Tessa touched his wrist lightly with her hand. "Be brave," she said. "It's not a duck, is it?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Jessamine recoiled from the paper as if it were a snake. "A lady does not read the newspaper. The society pages, perhaps, or the theater news. Not this filth." "But you are not a lady, Jessamine---," Charlotte began. "Dear me," said Will. "Such harsh truths so early in the morning cannot be good for the digestion.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It is not the same thing to be good and to be kind.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It isn't against the Law to be an idiot.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Goodness," Tessa said to the back of his head. "If you keep seeing Six-Fingered Nigel like this, he'll expect you to declare your intentions.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Do not seek revenge and call it justice.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You’re seventeen,” Magnus said. β€œYou can’t have wasted a life you’ve barely lived.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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No one can say that death found in me a willing comrade, or that I went easily.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Astriola. That IS demon pox. You had evidence that demon pox existed and you didnt mention it to me! Et tu, Brute!' He rolled up the paper and hit Jem over the head with it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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You haven't broken his heart yet, have you?" "No," Tessa said. Just torn my own in two. "I haven't broken his heart at all.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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My name is Herondale," the boy said cheerfully. "William Herondale, but everyone calls me Will. Is this really your room? Not very nice, is it?" He wandered toward the window, pausing to examine the stacks of books on her bedside table, and then the bed itself. He waved a hand at the ropes. "Do you often sleep tied to the bed?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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This is about Tessa. I knew it was." Will flushed, a wash of color across the pallor of this face. "Not just her." "But you love her." Will stared at him. "Of course I do," he said finally. "I had come to think i would never love anyone, but I love her.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Must you go? I was rather hoping you'd stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must." "I'll stay," Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. "I can minister angelically." "None too convincingly. And you're not as pretty to look at as Tessa is," Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow. "How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun." Jem still had his eyes closed. "If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I'm afraid to answer that. I've heard that when I speak, it makes American women wish to strike me with umbrellas.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Reparations,” said Jem very suddenly, setting down the pen he was holding. Will looked at him in puzzlement. β€œIs this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine is β€˜genuphobia’. It means an unreasonable fear of knees.” β€œWhat’s the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots?” inquired Jessamine.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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There is more to living than not dying.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Did you just kiss me?" Will inquired. Magnus made a slip-second decision. "No." "I thought-" "On occasion the aftereffects of the painkilling spells can result in hallucinations of the most bizarre sort." "Oh," Will said. "How peculiar.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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And now I need you to do for me what I cannot do for myself. For you to be my eyes when I do not have them. For you to be my hands when I cannot use my own. For you to be my heart when mine is done beating.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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He bent to put his cheek against hers. His breath against her ear made her shudder with each deliberately spoken word. "I have wanted to do this," he said, "every moment of every hour of every day that I have been with you since the day I met you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I've never minded it," he went on. "Being lost, that is. I had always thought one could not truly be lost if one knew one's own heart. But I fear I may be lost without knowing yours.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Jem knotted his fingers in the material of Will's sleeve. "You are my parabatai," he said, "You said once I could ask anything of you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Our souls are knit. We are one person, James.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Tessa poked at her left incisor with her tongue. It was flat again, an ordinary tooth. "I don't understand what makes them come out like that!" "Hunger," said Jem. "Were you think about blood?" "No." "Were you thinking about eating me?" Will inquired. "No!" "No one would blame you," said Jem. "He's very annoying.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Dreams can be dangerous things.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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And maybe you should stop pitying yourself,” he said. β€œMost people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You hear that, James Carstairs? We are bound, you and I, over the divide of death, down through whatever generations may come. Forever.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You don't think I can fight." Tessa said, drawing back and matching his silvery gaze with her own. "Because I'm a girl." "I don't think you can fight because you're wearing a wedding dress", said Jem. "For what it's worth, I don't think Will could fight in that dress either." "Perhaps not," said Will, who had ears like a bat'a. "But I would make a radiant bride.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Lord, you're Irish," said Will. "Can you make things that don't have potatoes in them? We had an Irish cook once when I was a boy. Potato pie, potato custard, potatoes with potato sauce...
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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If you do not help me," Tessa said to Jem, "I swear, I will change into you, and I will lift him myself. And then everyone here will see what you look like in a dress." She fixed him with a look. "Do you understand?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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We live and breathe words. It was books that kept me from taking my own life after I thought I could never love anyone, never be loved again. It was books that made me feel that perhaps I was not completely alone. They could be honest with me, and I with them.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Gabriel’s green eyes sought Will. β€œIt was demon pox, wasn’t it? You know all about it, don’t you? Aren’t you some sort of expert?” β€œWell, you needn’t act as if I invented it,” said Will.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Blue does not go with everything," Will told her. "It does not go with red, for instance." "I have a red and blue striped waistcoat," Henry interjected, reaching for the peas. "And if that isn't proof that those two colors should never be seen together under Heaven, I don't know what is.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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While the Clave disapproves of trespassers, oddly they take an even darker view of beheading and skinning people. They're peculiar that way.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Do you normally turn up in gentlemen's bedrooms in the middle of the night? If I'd known that, I would have campaigned harder to make sure Charlotte let you stay.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It's Will," she said. "He's being absolutely ridiculous in the dining room." Charlotte looked puzzled. "How is this different from him being totally ridiculous in the library or the weapons room or any of the other places he's usually ridiculous?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Someday, Will, I will go where none can follow me, and I think it will be sooner rather than later. Have you ever asked yourself why I agreed to be your parabatai?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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I shall charm him with such force that when I am done, he will be left lying limply on the ground, trying to remember his own name.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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You had to know a person well to make them laugh like that.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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You've always been what you are. That's not new. What you'll get used to is knowing it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Atque in pepetuum, frater, ave atque vale,” he whispered. The words of the poem had never seemed so fitting: Forever and ever, my brother, hail and farewell.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Oh, leave it,” said Jem, kicking Will, not without affection, lightly on the ankle. β€œShe’s annexed my plan!” β€œWill,” Tessa said firmly. β€œDo you care more about the plan being enacted or about getting credit for it?” Will pointed a finger at her. β€œThat,” he said. β€œThe second one.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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I see you're determined to miss my point." "If you're point is that there was a pretty girl in the room and it was distracting you, then I think I've taken your point handily." "You think she's pretty?" Will was surprised; Jem rarely opinioned this sort of thing. "Yes, and you do too." "I hadn't noticed, really." "Yes, you have, and I've noticed you noticing.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Will: "Nice place to live, isn't it? Let's hope they left something behind other than filth. Forwarding addresses, a few severed limbs, a prostitute or two ..." Jem: "Indeed. Perhaps, if we're fortunate, we can still catch syphilis." "Or demon pox," Will suggested cheerfully, trying the door under the stairs.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You know,” Cecily said, β€œyou really didn’t have to throw that man through the window.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Bright star,” Magnus said, and his eyes were thoughtful, as if he were remembering something, or someone. β€œThose of you who are mortal, you burn so fiercely. And you fiercer than most, Will. I will not ever forget you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You said I am a good man," he said. "But I am not that good a man. And I am--I am catastrophically in love with you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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I am not the one of us who has no heart.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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It is as great a thing to love as it is to be loved. Love is not something that can be wasted.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I know you feel inhuman, and as if you are set apart, away from life and love, but... I promise you, the right man won't care.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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So you don't ever get angry at him?" Jem laughed out loud. "I would hardly say that. Sometimes I want to strangle him." "How on earth do you prevent yourself?" "I go to my favorite place in London," said Jem, "and I stand and look at the water, and I think about the continuity of life, and how the river rolls on, oblivious of the petty upsets in our lives." Tessa was fascinated. "Does that work?" "Not really, but after that I think about how I could kill him while he slept if I really wanted to, and then I feel better.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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cleverness that comes too late is hardly cleverness at all?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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She looked up at him with a smile. The smile broke what was left of his resistance--shattered it. He had let the walls down when he'd thought she was gone, and there was no time to build them back up.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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If there is a life after this one", he said, "let me meet you in it, James Carstairs.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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She had never imagined that the kiss would be so brief and desperate and wild. Or that it would taste of holy water. Holy water and blood.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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She had loved him for such a long time, she thought. How was it that she did now know him at all?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Love potions? For Will Herondale? T’aint my way to turn down payment, but any man who looks like you has got no need of love potions, and that’s a fact.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Will’s voice dropped. β€œEveryone makes mistakes, Jem.” β€œYes,” said Jem. β€œYou just make more of them than most people.” β€œI —” β€œYou hurt everyone,” said Jem. β€œEveryone whose life you touch.” β€œNot you,” Will whispered. β€œI hurt everyone but you. I never meant to hurt you.” Jem put his hands up, pressing his palms against his eyes. β€œWill —” β€œYou can’t never forgive me,” Will said in disbelief, hearing the panic tinging his own voice. β€œI’d be —” β€œAlone?” Jem lowered his hand, but he was smiling now, crookedly. β€œAnd whose fault is that?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Will: Have you ever seen what happens to someone with demon pox? First it lies dormant. One begins to turn yellow and green. Then the swelling sets in - Jem: THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS DEMON POX.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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And indeed it was, the arrow still protruding from its wet, grayish skin, humping its body along with incredible speed. A flick of its tail caught the edge of a statue, sending it flying into the dry ornamental pool, where it shattered into dust. β€œBy the Angel, it just crushed Sophocles,” noted Will. β€œHas no one respect for the classics these days?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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I believe in good and evil," said Jem. "And I believe the soul is eternal. But I don't believe in the fiery pit, the pitchforks, or endless torment. I do not believe you can threaten people into goodness." Tessa looked at will. "What about you? What do you believe? "Pulvis et umbra sumus," said Will, not looking at her as he spoke. "I believe we are dust and shadows. What else is there?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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For this I would be damned forever. For this I would have given up everything.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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One does no question miracles, or complain that they are no constructed perfectly to one's liking.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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I don't know how to live in the world as a Shadowhunter without Will. I don't think i even want to. I am still a parabatai, but my other half is gone.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Demon pox, oh demon pox Just how is it acquired? One must go down to the bad part of town Until one is very tired. Demon pox, oh demon pox, I had it all alongβ€” Not the pox, you foolish blocks, I mean this very songβ€” For I was right, and you were wrong!" "Will!" Charlotte shouted over the noise, "Have you LOST YOUR MIND? CEASE THAT INFERNAL RACKET! Jemβ€”" Jem, rising to his feet, clapped his hands over Will's mouth. "Do you promise to be quiet?" he hissed into his friend's ear. Will nodded, blue eyes blazing. Tessa was staring at him in amazement; they all were. She had seen Will many thingsβ€”amused, bitter, condescending, angry, pityingβ€”but never giddy before. Jem let him go. "All right, then." Will slid to the floor, his back against the armchair, and threw up his arms. "A demon pox on all your houses!" he announced, and yawned. "Oh, God, weeks of pox jokes," said Jem. "We're in for it now.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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God knows we’re all drawn to what’s beautiful and broken.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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His eyes went soft and silver as she spoke. β€œZhe shi jie shang, wo shi zui ai ne de,” he whispered. She understood it. In all the world, you are what I love the most.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Well,” Tessa said, sighting along the line of the knife, β€œyou behave as if you dislike me. In fact, you behave as if you dislike us all.” β€œI don’t,” Gabriel said. β€œI just dislike him.” He pointed at Will. β€œDear me,” said Will, and he took another bite of his apple. β€œIs it because I’m better-looking than you?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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At last, the wheel comes full circle
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Look at him. The face of a bad angel and eyes like the night sky in Hell. He's very pretty, and vampires like that. I can't say I mind either.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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She had never imagined she had the power to make someone else so happy. And not a magical power, either--a purely human one.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Of course you can have a true Shadowhunter name," Will said. "You can have mine." Tessa stared at him, all black and white against the black-and-white snow and stone. "Your name?" Will took a step toward her, till they stood face-to-face. Then he reached to take her hand and slid off her glove, which he put into his pocket. He held her bare hand in his, his fingers curved around hers. His hand was warm and callused, and his touch made her shiver. His eyes were steady and blue; they were everything that Will was: true and tender, sharp and witty, loving and kind. "Marry me," he said. "Marry me, Tess. Marry me and be called Tessa Herondale. Or be Tessa Gray, or be whatever you wish to call yourself, but marry me and stay with me and never leave me, for I cannot bear another day of my life to go by that does not have you in it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Oh, I can never get enough. Which, incidentally, is what your sister said when--
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Jem told me what Ragnor Fell said about my father,” Will said. β€œThat for my father, there was only ever one woman he loved, and it was her for him, or nothing. You are that for me. I love you, and I will only ever love you until I die β€”
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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She leaned forward and caught at his hand, pressing it between her own. The touch was like white fire through his veins. He could not feel her skin only the cloth of her gloves, and yet it did not matter. You kindled me, heap of ashes that I am, into fire. He had wondered once why love was always phrased in terms of burning. The conflagration in his own veins, now, gave the answer.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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How rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared the experience to gazing at the radiance of the sun." Jem still had his eyes closed. "If they mean it gives you a headache, they aren't wrong.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Tessa craned her head back to look at Will. β€œYou know that feeling,” she said, β€œwhen you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.” His blue eyes were dark with understanding β€” of course Will would understand β€” and she hurried on. β€œI feel now as if the same is happening, only not to characters on a page but to my own beloved friends and companions. I do not want to sit by while tragedy comes for us. I would turn it aside, only I struggle to discover how that might be done.” β€œYou fear for Jem,” Will said. β€œYes,” she said. β€œAnd I fear for you, too.” β€œNo,” Will said, hoarsely. β€œDon’t waste that on me, Tess.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Whoever loves you nowβ€”and you must also love yourselfβ€”will love the truth of you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I think I may be in love with you, Sophie," said Will. "Marriage could be in the cards.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Every meeting led to a parting, and so it would, as long as life was mortal. In every meeting there was some of the sorrow of parting, but in everything parting there was some of the joy of meeting as well.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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So you're not going to speak tonight," Tessa said. "At all." "Not unless you instruct me to," said Will. "This evening sounds as if it might be better than I thought.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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With God on your side, what does luck matter?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Dear God, woman,"said Will. "Are there any questions you don't want to know the answer to?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Tess, Tess, Tessa. Was there ever a more beautiful sound than your name? To speak it aloud makes my heart ring like a bell. Strange to imagine that, isn’t it – a heart ringing – but when you touch me that is what it is like: as if my heart is ringing in my chest and the sound shivers down my veins and splinters my bones with joy. Why have I written these words in this book? Because of you. You taught me to love this book where I had scorned it. When I read it for the second time, with an open mind and heart, I felt the most complete despair and envy of Sydney Carton. Yes, Sydney, for even if he had no hope that the woman he loved would love him, at least he could tell her of his love. At least he could do something to prove his passion, even if that thing was to die. I would have chosen death for a chance to tell you the truth, Tessa, if I could have been assured that death would be my own. And that is why I envied Sydney, for he was free. And now at last I am free, and I can finally tell you, without fear of danger to you, all that I feel in my heart. You are not the last dream of my soul. You are the first dream, the only dream I ever was unable to stop myself from dreaming. You are the first dream of my soul, and from that dream I hope will come all other dreams, a lifetime’s worth. With hope at least, Will Herondale
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Dear me. Such harsh truths so early in the morning cannot be good for the digestion.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Must I go bound while you go free Must I love a manwho doesn't love me Must I be born with so little art As to love a man who'll break my Heart
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Wo ai ni, Tessa." he whispered. "Wo bu xiang shi qu ni." I love you. And I don't want to lose you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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What he needs now is to love and have that love returned.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Life is a book, and there are a thousand pages I have not read. I would read them together with you, as many as I can, before I die -" She put her hand against his chest, just over his heart, and felt its beat against her palm, a unique time signature that was all its own. "I only wish you would not speak of dying," she said. "But even for that, yes, I know how you are with your words, and, Will- I love all of them. Every word you say. The silly ones, the mad ones, the beautiful ones, and the ones that are only for me. I love them, and I love you.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Some secrets, she thought, were better told; some were better left the burden of the carrier, that they might not cause pain to others.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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You speak of sacrifice, but it is not my sacrifice I offer. It is yours I ask of you," he went on. "I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain. But I love you enough to hope that you wil not care that I am being selfish in trying to make the rest of my life - whatever length - happy, by spending it with you. I want to be married to you, Tessa. I want it more than I have ever wanted anything else in my life." He looked up at her through the veil of silvery hair that fell over his eyes. "That is," he said shyly, "if you love me, too.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Will rose slowly to his feet. He could not believe he was doing what he was doing, but it was clear that he was, clear as the silver rim around the black of Jem’s eyes. β€œIf there is a life after this one,” he said, β€œlet me meet you in it, James Carstairs.” β€œThere will be other lives.” Jem held his hand out, and for a moment, they clasped hands, as they had done during their parabatai ritual, reaching across twin rings of fire to interlace their fingers with each other. β€œThe world is a wheel,” he said. β€œWhen we rise or fall, we do it together.” Will tightened his grip on Jem’s hand, which felt thin as twigs in his. β€œWell, then,” he said, through a tight throat, β€œsince you say there will be another life for me, let us both pray I do not make as colossal a mess of it as I have this one.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Their oldest child, James, had spoken laughingly about Will's unrelenting fear of ducks and his continual battle to keep them out of the pond at the family home in Yorkshire.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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I know," he said, looking down at himself self-consciously. "I am not-I mean, I look-" "Beautiful," she said, and she meant it. "You look beautiful, James Carstairs.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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They say you cannot love two people equally at once,” she said. β€œAnd perhaps for others that is so. But you and Willβ€”you are not like two ordinary people, two people who might have been jealous of each other, or who would have imagined my love for one of them diminished by my love of the other. You merged your souls when you were both children. I could not have loved Will so much if I had not loved you as well. And I could not love you as I do if I had not loved Will as I did.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Patriotic?” Will looked smug. β€œI’ll tell you what’s patriotic,” he said. β€œIn honor of my birthplace, I’ve the dragon of Wales tattooed on myβ€”
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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If I might make a suggestion,” said Will. β€œAbout twenty paces behind us, in the Council room, is Benedict. If you’d like to go back in there and try kicking him, I recommend aiming upward and a bit to the leftβ€”
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Will pointed a finger accusingly in their direction. "You're ganging up on me. Is this how it's going to be from now on? I'll be the odd man out? Dear God, I'll have to befriend Jessamine." "Jessamine can't stand you," Jem pointed out. "Henry, then." "Henry will set you on fire.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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One finds nobility in the oddest places.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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And I think that you do not understand that sometimes the only choice is between acceptance and madness.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It's Will who ought to be sorry." Jem's eyes darkened. "We shall throw him out onto the streets," he proclaimed. "I promise you he'll be gone by morning." Tessa started and sat upright. "Oh - no, you can't mean that -" He grinned. "Of course I don't. But you felt better for a moment there, didn't you?" "It was like a beautiful dream," Tessa said gravely.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Her throat ached: adoration, heartbreak, in equal measure. β€œKiss me,” she said. β€œPlease.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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I thought perhaps that when you told me you did not love me that my own feelings would fall away and atrophy, but they have not. They have grown every day. I love you now more desperately, this moment, than I have ever loved you before, and in an hour I will love you more than that
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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He closed his eyes. β€œI’m so tired, Tess,” he said. β€œI only wanted pleasant dreams for once.” β€œThat is not the way to get them, Will,” she said softly. β€œYou cannot buy or drug or dream your way out of pain.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Demon pox, oh, demon pox, Just how is it acquired? One must go down to the bad part of town Until one is very tired. Demon pox, oh, demon pox I had it all alongβ€” No, not the pox, you foolish blocks, I mean this very songβ€” For I was right, and you were wrong!
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Jem touched the parabatai rune on his shoulder, through the thin material of his nightshirt. "I am not alone," he said. "Wherever we are, we are as one.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Will looked up in apparent relief when Charlotte and Tessa came in. "Will," Charlotte said, "You remember Miss Gray?" "My recollection of her," said Will, "is most vivid indeed.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You know that feeling,” she said, β€œwhen you are reading a book, and you know that it is going to be a tragedy; you can feel the cold and darkness coming, see the net drawing tight around the characters who live and breathe on the pages. But you are tied to the story as if being dragged behind a carriage and you cannot let go or turn the course aside.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Miss Cecily," she gasped, and then her eyes went toWill. She clapped a hand over her mouth, turned, and bolted back into the house. "Oh, dear," said Tessa. "I have that effect on women," Will said.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Sometimes," Jem said, "our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It's those times, I think, when our lives have altered but we still long for the time before everything was altered-- that is when we feel the greatest pain. I can tell you, though, from experience, you grow accustomed to it. You learn to live your new life, and you can't imagine, or even really remember, how things were before.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I have mastered many things in my life. Navigating the streets of London, speaking French without an accent, dancing the quadrille, the Japanese art of flower arranging, lying at charades, concealing a highly intoxicated state, delighting young women with my charms..." Tessa stared. "Alas," he went on, "no one has ever actually referred to me as 'the master,' or 'the magister,' either. More's the pity...
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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If Jem dies, I cannot be with Tessa,” said Will. β€œBecause it will be as if I were waiting for him to die, or took some joy in his death, if it let me have her. And I will not be that person. I will not profit from his death. So he must live.” He lowered his arm, his sleeve bloody. β€œIt is the only way any of this can ever mean anything. Otherwise it is only —” β€œPointless, needless suffering and pain? I don’t suppose it would help if I told you that was the way life is. The good suffer, the evil flourish, and all that is mortal passes away,” Magnus said. β€œI want more than that,” said Will. β€œYou made me want more than that. You showed me I was only ever cursed because I had chosen to believe myself so. You told me there was possibility, meaning. And now you would turn your back on what you created.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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One must always be careful of books,' said Tessa, 'and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.' 'I'm not sure a book has ever changed me,' said Will. 'Well there is one volume that promises to teach one how to turn oneself into an entire flock of sheep-' 'Only the very weak minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry,' said Tessa, determined not to let him run wildly off with the conversation.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You never laugh," she said. "You behave as if everything is funny to you, but you never laugh. Sometimes you smile when you think no one is paying attention." For a moment he was silent. Then, "You," he said, half reluctantly. "You make me laugh. From the moment you hit me with that bottle." "It was a jug," she said automatically. His lips quirked up at the corners. "Not to mention the way you always correct me. With that funny look on your face when you do it. And the way you shouted at Gabriel Lightwood. And even the way you talked back to de Quincey. You make me..." He broke off, looking at her, and she wondered if she looked the way she felt - stunned and breathless.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I promise to charm the dickens out of him,' said Will, sitting up and readjusting his crushed hat. 'I shall charm him with such force that when I am done, he will be left lying limply on the ground, trying to remember his own name.' 'The man's eighty-nine', muttered Jem. 'He may well have the problem anyway.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Yes, she doesn't really look like either of us, does she? Perhaps she's a girl who's fallen madly in love with me and persists in following me wherever I go." "My talent is shape-shifting, Will, not acting," said Tessa, and at that Jem laughed out loud.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Come with me," she said. "Stay with me. Be with me. See everything with me. I have traveled the world and seen so much, but there is so much more, and no one I would rather see it with than you. I would go everywhere and anywhere with you, Jem Carstairs.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Charlotte, darling," Henry said to his wife, who was staring at him in gape-mouthed horror. Jessamine, beside her, was wide eyed. "Sorry I'm late. You know, I think I might nearly have the Sensor working-" Will interrupted. "Henry," he said, "You're on fire. You do know that don't you?
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You see it, don't you, James? Without Tessa there is nothing for me--no joy, no light, no life. If you loved me, you would let me have her. You can't love her as I do. No one could. If you are truly my brother, you would do this for me.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Charlotte slammed the paper down onto her desk with an exclamation of rage. β€œAloysius Starkweather is the most stubborn, hypocritical, obstinate, degenerate—” She broke off, clearly fighting for control of her temper. Tessa had never seen Charlotte’s mouth so firmly set into a hard line. β€œWould you like a thesaurus?” Will inquired. β€œYou seem to be running out of words.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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She smiled at him. β€œHow did you know just what I’d want to see?” β€œHow could I not?” he said. β€œWhen I think of you, and you are not there, I see you in my mind’s eye always with a book in your hand.” He looked away from her as he said it, but not before she caught the slight flush on his cheekbones. He was so pale, he could never hide even the least blush, she thought β€” and was surprised how affectionate the thought was.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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He wanted to make her laugh. He wanted to sit and listen to her talk about books until his ears fell off. But all these were things he could not want, because they were things he could not have, and wanting what you could not have led to misery and madness.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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Wo wei ni xie de,” he said, as he raised the violin to his left shoulder, tucking it under his chin. He had told her many violinists used a shoulder rest, but he did not: there was a slight mark on the side of his throat, like a permanent bruise, where the violin rested. β€œYou β€” made something for me?” Tessa asked. β€œI wrote something for you,” he corrected, with a smile, and began to play.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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With tears running down her face, Cecily had reminded him of the moment at her wedding to Gabriel when he had delivered a beautiful speech praising the groom, at the end of which he had announced, β€œDear God, I thought she was marrying Gideon. I take it all back.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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He began it,” Cecily said, jerking her chin at Will, though she knew it was pointless. Jem, Will’s parabatai, treated her with the distant sweet kindness reserved for the little sisters of one’s friends, but he would always side with Will. Kindly, but firmly, he put Will above everything else in the world. Well, nearly everything.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Do you think Charlotte will let me handle the investigation?" "Do you think you can be trusted in Downworld? The gaming hells, the dens of magical vice, the women of loose morals..." Will smiled the way Lucifer might have smiled, moments before he fell from heaven. "Would tomorrow be to early to start looking, do you think? Jem sighed. 'Do what you like, William. You always do.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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By the Angel, Bridget’s depressing,” said Henry, setting down his newspaper directly on his plate and causing the edge to soak through with egg yolk. Charlotte opened her mouth as if to object, and closed it again. β€œIt’s all heartbreak, death and unrequited love.” β€œWell, that is what most songs are about,” said Will. β€œRequited love is nice, but it doesn’t make much of a ballad.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Jem seemed to look through her then, as if he were seeing something beyond her, beyond the corridor, beyond the Institute itself. "Whatever you are physically," he said, "male or female, strong or weak, ill or healthy--all those things matter less than what your heart contains. If you have the soul of a warrior, you are a warrior. All those other things, they are the glass that contains the lamp, but you are the light inside." He smiled them, seeming to have come back to himself, slightly embarrassed. "That's what I believe.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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A forty-foot worm?" Will muttered to Jem as they moved through the Italian garden, their boots - thanks to a pair of Soundless runes - making no noise on the gravel. "Think of the size of the fish we could catch." Jem's lips twitched. "It's not funny, you know." "It is a bit.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Oh, I can never get enough," he said. "Which, incidentally, is what your sister said to me when - " The carriage door flew open. A hand shot out, grabbed Will by the back of the shirt, and hauled him inside. The door banged shut after him, and Thomas, sitting bolt upright, seized reins of the horses. A moment later the carriage had lurched forth into the night, leaving Gabriel staring, infuriated, after it.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us. And there is a beauty that brevity alone provides.” He dropped his gaze, then raised it to hers. β€œI would give you everything of myself,” he said. β€œI would give you more in two weeks than most men would give you in a lifetime.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Pulvis et umbra sumus. It's a line from Horace. 'We are dust and shadows'. Appropriate, don't you think?" Will said. "It's not a long life, killing demons; one tends to die young, and then they burn your body - dust to dust, in the literal sense. And then we vanish into the shadows of history, nary a mark on the page of a mundane book to remind the world that once we existed at all.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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I suspect he's sweet on Sophie and doesn't like to see her work too hard.' Tessa was glad to hear it. She'd felt awful about her reaction to Sophie's scar, and the thought that Sophie had a male admirer - and a handsome one like that- eased her conscience slightly. 'Perhaps he's in love with Agatha', she said. 'I hope not. I intend to marry Agatha myself. She may be a thousand years old, but she makes an incomparable jam tart. Beauty fades, but cooking is eternal.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Say something in Mandarin,” said Tessa, with a smile. Jem said something that sounded like a lot of breathy vowels and consonants run together, his voice rising and falling melodically: β€œNi hen piao liang.” β€œWhat did you say?” Tessa was curious. β€œI said your hair is coming undone β€” here,” he said, and reached out and tucked an escaping curl back behind her ear. Tessa felt the blood spill hot up into her face, and was glad for the dimness of the carriage. β€œYou have to be careful with it,” he said, taking his hand back, slowly, his fingers lingering against her cheek.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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He gazed amusedly down the table at Tessa. β€œYou’re the shape-changer, aren’t you?” he said. β€œMagnus Bane told me about you. No mark on you at all, they say.” Tessa swallowed and looked him straight in the eye. They were discordantly human eyes, ordinary in his extraordinary face. β€œNo. No mark.” He grinned around his fork. β€œI do suppose they’ve looked everywhere?” β€œI’m sure Will’s tried,” said Jessamine in a bored tone.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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No one expects Will Herondale to live past nineteen, and no one will be sorry to see him go, either -" That was too much for Tessa. Without thinking about it she burst out indignantly, "What a thing to say!" Gabriel, interrupted midrant, looked as shocked as if one of the tapestries had suddenly started talking. "Pardon me?" "You heard me. Telling someone you wouldn't be sorry if they died! It's inexcusable!" She took hold of Will by the sleeve. "Come along, Will. This - this person - obviously isn't worth wasting your time on." Will looked hugely entertained. "So true." ... Tessa frowned at Gabriel. "I think you owe Will an apology." "I," said Gabriel, "would rather have my entrails yanked out and tied in a knot in front of my own eyes than apologize to such a worm." "Goodness," said Jem mildly. "You can't mean that. Not the Will being a worm part, of course. The bit about the entrails. That sounds dreadful.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Magnus took a deep breath and spoke gently. β€œWill. You asked me for my wisdom, as someone who has lived many lifetimes and buried many loves. I can tell you that the end of a life is the sum of the love that was lived in it, that whatever you think you have sworn, being here at the end of Jem’s life is not what is important. It was being here for every other moment. Since you met him, you have never left him and never not loved him. That is what matters.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Will moved to object, but it was too late; Henry had already pressed the button. There was a blinding flare of light and a whooshing sound, and the room was plunged into blackness. Tessa gave a yelp of surprise, and Jem laughed softly. "Am I blind?" Will's voice floated out of the darkness, tinged with annoyance. "I'm not going to be at all pleased if you've blinded me, Henry.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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We don't know for certain that she's a warlock, Jessie," said Will. Jessamine ignored him. "Is it dreadful, being so evil? Are you worried you'll go to hell?" She leaned closer to Tessa. "What do you think the Devil's like?" Tessa set her fork down. "Would you like to meet him? I could summon him up in a trice if you like. Being a warlock, and all.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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He seemed to realize she was staring at him, because the cursing stopped. "You cut me," he said. His voice was pleasant. British. Very ordinary. He looked at his hand with critcal interest. "It might be fatal." Tessa looked at him with wide eyes. "Are you the Magister?" He tilted his hand to the side. Blood ran down it, spattering the floor. "Dear me, massive blood loss. Death could be imminent.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Though Will was saying earlier,” Tessa added, β€œthat heroes all come to bad ends, and he could not imagine why anyone would want to be one, anyway.” β€œAh.” Jem’s hand squeezed hers briefly, and then let it go. β€œWell, Will is looking at it from the hero’s viewpoint, isn’t he? But as for the rest of us, it’s an easy answer.” β€œIs it?” β€œOf course.” His voice was almost a whisper now. β€œHeroes endure because we need them. Not for their own sakes. If Will …
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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Do you even care where I’m going?” he said. β€œWhat if I were going to hell?” β€œI’ve always wanted to see hell,” Cecily said. β€œDoesn’t everyone?” β€œMost of us spend our time trying to stay out of it, Cecily. I’m going to an ifrit den, if you must know, to purchase drugs from vile, dissolute criminals. They may clap eyes on you, and decide to sell you.” β€œWouldn’t you stop them?” β€œI suppose it would depend on whether they cut me a part of the profit.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))
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In that case" Tessa said, feeling hot blood rise to her face,"I think I would prefer it if you called me by my Christian name, as you do with Miss Lovelace. Will look at her, slow and hard, then smiled. His blue eyes lit when he smiled. "Then you must do the same for me," he said. "Tessa." She had never thought about her name much before, but when he said it, it was as if she were hearing if for the first time-the hard T, the caress of the double S, the way it seemed to end on a breath. Her own breath was very short when he said, softly, "Will." "Yes?" Amusement glittered his eyes. With a sort of horror Tessa realized that she had simply said his name for the sake of saying it; she hadn't actually had a question.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Jem gave her a wistful look. β€œMust you go? I was rather hoping that you’d stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must.” β€œI’ll stay,” Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. β€œI can minister angelically.” β€œNone too convincingly. And you’re not as pretty to look at as Tessa is,” Jem said, closing his eyes as he leaned back against the pillow. β€œHow rude. Many who have gazed upon me have compared it to gazing at the radiance of the sun.” Jem still had his eyes closed. β€œIf they mean that it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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Tessa had begun to tremble. This is what she had always wanted someone to say. What she had always, in the darkest corner of her heart, wanted Will to say. Will, the boy who loved the same books she did, the same poetry she did, who made her laugh even when she was furious. And here he was standing in front of her, telling her he loved the words of her heart, the shape of her soul. Telling her something she had never imagined anyone would ever tell her. Telling her something she would never be told again, not in this way. And not by him. And it did not matter. "It's too late", she said.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices, #2))
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I had such plans for this evening. The pursuit of blind drunkenness and wayward women was my goal. But alas, it was not to be. No sooner had I consumed my third drink in the Devil than I was accosted by a delightful small flower selling child who asked me for twopence for a daisy. The price seemed steep, so I refused. When I told the girl as much, she proceeded to rob me.” β€œA little girl robbed you?” Tessa said. β€œActually, she wasn’t a little girl at all, as it turns out, but a midget in a dress with a penchant for violence, who goes by the name of Six-Fingered Nigel.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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It was Will who broke the silence. "Very well. You have me alone in the corridor-" "Yes, yes," said Tessa impatiently, "and thousands of women all over England would pay handsomely for the privilege of such an opportunity. Can we put aside the display of your wit for a moment? This is important." "You want me to apologize, don't you?" Will said. "For what happened in the attic?" Tessa, caught off guard, blinked. "The attic?" "You want me to say I'm sorry that I kissed you." She felt herself flush and hoped furiously that it wouldn't be visible in the darkness. "What-no. No!" "So you don't want me to be sorry," Will said.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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You point your feet out too much when you walk,” Will went on. He was busy polishing an apple on his shirtfront, and appeared not to notice Tessa glaring at him. β€œCamille walks delicately. Like a faun in the woods. Not like a duck.” β€œI do not walk like a duck.” β€œI like ducks,” Jem observed diplomatically. β€œEspecially the ones in Hyde Park.” He glanced sideways at Will; both boys were sitting on the edge of the high table, their legs dangling over the side. β€œRemember when you tried to convince me to feed poultry pie to the mallards in the park to see if you could breed a race of cannibal ducks?” β€œThey ate it too,” Will reminisced. β€œBloodthirsty little beasts. Never trust a duck.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1))
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What are you doing following me around the back streets of London, you little idiot?” Will demanded, giving her arm a light shake. Cecily’s eyes narrowed. β€œThis morning it was cariad (note: Welsh endearment, like β€˜darling’ or β€˜love’), now it’s idiot.” β€œOh, you’re using a Glamour rune. There’s one thing to declare, you are not afraid of anything when you live in the country. But this is London.” β€œI’m not afraid of London,” Cecily said defiantly. Will leaned closer, almost hissing in her ear *and said something very complicated in Welsh* She laughed. β€œNo, it wouldn’t do you any good to tell me to go home. You are my brother, and I want to go with you.” Will blinked at her words. You are my brother, and I want to go with you. It was the sort of thing he was used to hearing Jem say. Although Cecily was unlike Jem in every other conceivable possible way, she did share one quality with him. Stubbornness. When Cecily said she wanted something, it did not express an idle desire, but an iron determination. β€œDo you even care where I’m going?” he said. β€œWhat if I were going to hell?” β€œI’ve always wanted to see hell,” Cecily said. β€œDoesn’t everyone?” β€œMost of us spend our time trying to stay out of it, Cecily. I’m going to an ifrit den, if you must know, to purchase drugs from vile, dissolute criminals. They may clap eyes on you, and decide to sell you.” β€œWouldn’t you stop them?” β€œI suppose it would depend on whether they cut me a part of the profit.” She shook her head. β€œJem is your parabatai,” she said. β€œHe is your brother, given to you by the Clave, but I am your sister by blood. Why would you do anything for him, but you only want me to go home?” β€œHow do you know the drugs are for Jem?” Will said. β€œI’m not an idiot, Will.” β€œNo, more’s the pity. Jem- Jem is like the better part of me. I would not expect you to understand. I owe him. I owe him this.” β€œSo what am I?” Cecily said. Will exhaled, too desperate to check himself. β€œYou are my weakness.” β€œAnd Tessa is your heart,” she said, not angrily, but thoughtfully. β€œI am not fooled. As I told you, I’m not an idiot. And more’s the pity for you, although I suppose we all want things we can’t have.” β€œOh,” said Will, β€œand what do you want?” β€œI want you to come home.” A strand of black hair was stuck to her cheek by the dampness, and Will fought the urge to pull her cloak closer about her, to make her safe as he had when she was a child. β€œThe Institute is my home,” Will sighed, and leaned his head against the stone wall. β€œI can’t stand out her arguing with you all evening, Cecily. If you’re determined to follow me into hell, I can’t stop you.” β€œFinally,” she said provingly. β€œYou’ve seen sense. I knew you would, you’re related to me.” Will fought the urge to shake her. β€œAre you ready?” She nodded, and he raised his hand to knock on the door.
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Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices, #3))