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Any nominations for those passages in novels which bring you to tears every time you read them?

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Floriel Wed 27-Jan-21 15:51:03

My first three are:
Silas Marner. The bit where lonely Silas stretches out his hand to feel his money and finds the sleeping Effie on the hearth.

Persuasion. Capt Wentworth's letter to Anne.

Black Beauty. Almost every page!

Nannarose Wed 27-Jan-21 15:55:59

'My Daddy, oh my Daddy'

Bobbie runs down the platform (Railway Children). I love the way the tension builds to that scene.

MayBee70 Wed 27-Jan-21 15:58:09

The last chapter of Black Beauty. And the one at the beginning where his brother dies. And Ginger......(sob)

Tweedle24 Wed 27-Jan-21 16:07:49

Warhorse - where the horse is commandeered for the army and then again when he is sold in France.

Peasblossom Wed 27-Jan-21 16:08:41

Good Wives. Where Beth dies.

“In the arms where Beth breathed her first, she breathed her last...”

BBbevan Wed 27-Jan-21 16:45:44

Jane Eyre “ Do you think because I am poor, plain, obscure and little .........

mrswoo Wed 27-Jan-21 17:05:06

The same as Nannarose
"My daddy, oh my daddy"

The Railway Children.
I have read it many times - and every time it makes me cry.

Alegrias1 Wed 27-Jan-21 17:11:40

The Subtle Knife when Lee Scoresby is separated from Hester and The Amber Spyglass when they are "reunited".

The end of Sunset Song when Chris sees Ewan walking up the hill to Kinraddie, after she finds out he won't be coming home again.

Trying to avoid spoilers!

Nannarose Wed 27-Jan-21 18:01:52

Another of mine is the end of The Amber Spyglass, when Lyra & Will sit on the bench in the Botanic Gardens.....again avoiding spoilers!

Nonnapg Wed 27-Jan-21 18:37:26

I am with Nannarose too, could never read that aloud to children without crying! Also, the part in Finn Family Moomintroll where Moomin is changed by the hobgoblins hat and only his mother recognises him - “It’s all right now, my dear, “ said Moominmamma, “You see, I shall always know you whatever happens.”

Ngaio1 Wed 27-Jan-21 18:44:17

"Black Beauty". So very sad.

Grandmabatty Wed 27-Jan-21 18:59:44

Sunset Song and the bit towards the end where Chris sees Ewan and forgives him. I cry every time I read it. I used to teach it and cried then too!

MayBee70 Wed 27-Jan-21 20:37:09


The Subtle Knife when Lee Scoresby is separated from Hester and The Amber Spyglass when they are "reunited".

The end of Sunset Song when Chris sees Ewan walking up the hill to Kinraddie, after she finds out he won't be coming home again.

Trying to avoid spoilers!

Was the tv adaptation different from the book, then? Annoyingly I haven’t got the book with me and really wanted to read it after watching the series.

Iam64 Wed 27-Jan-21 21:27:28

‘My daddy oh my daddy’ -railway children

Black Beauty - much weeping (same as MayBee70)

Warhorse - ploughing that field, then going to France and his life there.

Little Women - politicised me. I don’t remember crying but I was sad and angry about the plight of the poverty stricken mother and pleased the Marsh family helped.

geekesse Wed 27-Jan-21 21:34:44

"Oh Tiber, father Tiber,
To whom the Romans pray,
A Roman's life, a Roman's arms,
Tae thou in charge this day!"
So he spake and, speaking, sheathed
The good sword by his side,
And, with his harness on his back,
Plunged headlong in the tide.

No sound of joy or sorrow
Was heard from either bank;
But friends and foes in dumb surprise,
With parted lips and straining eyes,
Stood gazing where he sank;
And when above the surges
They saw his crest appear,
All Rome sent forth a rapturous cry,
And even the ranks of Tuscany
Could scarce forbear to cheer.

But fiercely ran the current,
Swollen high by months of rain:
And fast his blood was flowing;
And he was sore in pain,
And heavy with his armour,
And spent with changing blows:
And oft they thought him sinking,
But still again he rose.

Never, I ween, did swimmer,
In such an evil case,
Struggle through such a raging flood
Safe to the landing place:
But his limbs were borne up bravely
By the brave heart within,
And our good father Tiber
Bare bravely up his chin

"Curse on him!" quoth false Sextus,
“Will not the villain drown?
But for this stay, ere close of day,
We would have sacked the town!"
"Heaven help him!" quoth Lars Porsena,
“And bring him safe to shore;
For such a gallant feat of arms
Was never seen before."

And now he feels the bottom:
Now on dry earth he stands;
Now round him throng the Fathers,
To press his gory hands;
And now, with shouts and clapping,
And noise of weeping loud,
He enters through the River-Gate,
Borne by the joyous crowd.

muse Wed 27-Jan-21 21:35:21

I had to find the book first. There are many parts in Grapes of Wrath where I cried. This is just one:

“Why, Tom - us people will go on livin' when all them people is gone. Why, Tom, we're the people that live. They ain't gonna wipe us out. Why, we're the people - we go on.'

'We take a beatin' all the time.'

'I know.' Ma chuckled. 'Maybe that makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die, an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But, Tom, we keep a-comin'. Don' you fret none, Tom. A different time's comin'.”

Alegrias1 Wed 27-Jan-21 21:38:48

I think we're talking about His Dark Materials Maybee70? The TV adaptation was quite close to the books, but changed the timeline around a bit. I re-read The Amber Spyglass after the series ended. I'd forgotten how weird it was! I do love it though.

MayBee70 Wed 27-Jan-21 21:45:17

Yes. I loved The Subtle Knife having been disappointed with the first adaptation. I never got round to reading The Subtle knife. I guess I fell in love with Lee and Hester in the tv series!

MayBee70 Wed 27-Jan-21 21:50:14

Lots of National Velvet but especially the bit that says ‘the glorious ancestress Pocahontas whose blood ran down like time into her flying children’.

grannyrebel7 Wed 27-Jan-21 22:10:39

"And at home by the fire, whenever you look up there I shall be and whenever I look up, there will be you". Gabriel to Bathsheba - Far from the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy.

GardenerGran Wed 27-Jan-21 22:12:40

A thousand splendid suns. No spoilers, but if you’ve read it you’ll know. I absolutely sobbed.

Grandma70s Wed 27-Jan-21 22:13:28

Matthew’s death in Anne of iGreen Gables, and the bit where he tells Anne how much she means to him. “It wasn’t a boy who won the Avery (scholarship). It was a girl, my girl, my girl that I’m proud of.” Quoted from memory, probably not accurate.

May7 Wed 27-Jan-21 22:16:31

That's my sweetheart in there. Wherever she is, that's where my home is."
Noah talking about Allie in the Nursing home from "The Notebook" by Nicholas Sparks.
Saddest book I've ever read

Alegrias1 Wed 27-Jan-21 22:26:21

Maybee70 Lee and Hester may be my favourite "couple" in literature!

Nanof3 Wed 27-Jan-21 22:26:21

Good Wives, when Amy learns Beth has died

'The grass was green upon her sister'