David Hines (hradzka) wrote,
David Hines

Five fictional moments you love

From sister_wolf, reposted from her comments: Five fictional moments that you love. I'm talking about that one moment in your show (or book or comic book or movie) that resonates in you, that affects you at a deep level, that you think of whenever someone brings up that book, or movie, or whatever.

1. BABYLON 5, "A Sky Full of Stars." Sinclair's desperate charge. "Not like this, not like this! If I go, I'm taking you bastards with me!"

2. BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, "Lie to Me." Buffy and Ford, all pretense aside. "These people want to be vampires because they're bored, or lonely. I don't have a choice." "Yes, you do! You don't have a good choice, but you have a choice! You're opting for mass murder here, and nothing you say is going to make that okay!" "...you know what, Summers? I really did miss you."

3. THE PRISONER OF ZENDA. That last scene with Rupert and Flavia, where he confesses to her that no, he's not the king, he's been impersonating him while the king was prisoner, and he loves her really, but now he has to leave -- and then his honor just crumbles, and he begs her to go with him, desperately, before he comes back to himself and she gently tells him that she can't. But, oh, how she says it. "If love were the only thing, I would follow you to the end of the earth, in rags if need be, for you hold my heart in the hollow of your hand." (*thud*)

4. ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST. The long wait for the train at the beginning, with the three gunfighters waiting for Charles Bronson. Finally, the train comes, and goes, and Bronson's gotten off, and there's three of them and one of him. Bronson sizes up the situation. "You bring a horse for me?" he says. One of the gunfighters laughs. "Well," says the gunfighter, after pretending to check, "looks like we're shy one horse." And Bronson gives this little half-smile and says, "No. You brought two too many." And in the split-second before they draw, you realize, "holy crap, IT IS ON."

5. TARZAN OF THE APES. At the end of the novel, Jane is slated to marry Cecil Clayton, Lord Greystoke, who is Tarzan's cousin. Meanwhile, in Paris, Tarzan's friend D'Arnot is overseeing fingerprint comparisons that may prove Tarzan to be the real heir to the title. Having just been hit with the whammy of Jane's impending marriage, Tarzan receives a telegram from D'Arnot. It reads, "Fingerprints prove you Greystoke. Congratulations."

As Tarzan finished reading, Clayton entered and came toward him with extended hand.

Here was the man who had Tarzan's title, and Tarzan's estates, and was going to marry the woman whom Tarzan loved--the woman who loved Tarzan. A single word from Tarzan would make a great difference in this man's life.

It would take away his title and his lands and his castles, and -- it would take them away from Jane Porter also.

"I say, old man," cried Clayton, "I haven't had a chance to thank you for all you've done for us. It seems as though you had your hands full saving our lives in Africa and here.

"I'm awfully glad you came on here. We must get better acquainted. I often thought about you, you know, and the remarkable circumstances of your environment.

"If it's any of my business, how the devil did you ever get into that bally jungle?"

"I was born there," said Tarzan, quietly. "My mother was an Ape, and of course she couldn't tell me much about it. I never knew who my father was."
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