Jem carstairs Quotes


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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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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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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Reparations, said Jem very suddenly, setting down the pen he was holding.
Will looked at him in puzzlement. Is this a game? We just blurt out whatever word comes next to mind? In that case mine is ‘genuphobia’. It means an unreasonable fear of knees.
What’s the word for a perfectly reasonable fear of annoying idiots? inquired Jessamine.

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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.

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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Will has always been the brighter burning star, the one to catch attention — but Jem is a steady flame, unwavering and honest. He could make you happy.

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Will’s voice dropped. Everyone makes mistakes, Jem.
Yes, said Jem. You just make more of them than most people.
I —
You hurt everyone, said Jem. Everyone whose life you touch.
Not you, Will whispered. I hurt everyone but you. I never meant to
hurt you.
Jem put his hands up, pressing his palms against his eyes. Will —
You can’t never forgive me, Will said in disbelief, hearing the
panic tinging his own voice. I’d be —
Alone? Jem lowered his hand, but he was smiling now, crookedly. And
whose fault is that?

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When Will truly wants something, said Jem, quietly, when he feels something — he can break your heart.

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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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There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.

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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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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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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There is more to living than
not dying
.

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.

Our souls are knit. We are one person, James.

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Dreams can be dangerous things.

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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: Ni
hen piao liang.
What did you say? Tessa was curious.
I said your hair is coming undone — 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. You have to be careful with it, he said, taking his hand
back, slowly, his fingers lingering against her cheek.

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She smiled. Her skin looked whiter than he recalled, and dark spidery veins were beginning to show beneath its surface. Her hair was still the color of spun silver and her eyes were still green as a cat’s. She was still beautiful. Looking at her, he was in London again. He saw the gaslight and smelled the smoke and dirt and horses, the metallic tang of fog, the flowers in Kew Gardens. He saw a boy with black hair and blue eyes like Alec’s, heard violin music like the sound of silver water. He saw a girl with long brown hair and a serious face. In a world where everything went away from him eventually, she was one of the few remaining constants.
And then there was Camille.

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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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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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She smiled at him. How did you know just what I’d want to see?
How could I not? he said. When 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 — and was surprised how affectionate the thought was.

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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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Herondales." Zachariah's voice was a breath, half laughter, half pain. "I had almost forgotten. No other family does so much for love, or feels so much guilt for it. Don't carry the weight of the world on you, Jace. It's too heavy for even a Herondale to bear.

Jem shook his head. "You bit de Quincey" he said. "You fool. He's a VAMPIRE"
"I had no choice" said Will " He was choking me"
"I know" Jem said. " But really Will, AGAIN?

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.
You — made something for me? Tessa asked.
I wrote something for you, he corrected, with a smile, and began to play.

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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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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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.

His eyes went soft and silver as she spoke. Zhe 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.

Jem gave her a wistful look. Must you go? I was rather hoping that 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 it to gazing at the radiance of the sun.
Jem still had his eyes closed. If they mean that it gives you a headache, they aren’t wrong.

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Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life. You have found two.

If there is a life after this one, he said, let me meet you in it, James Carstairs.

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.

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. This morning it was cariad (note: Welsh endearment, like ‘darling’ or ‘love’), now it’s idiot.
Oh, 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.
I’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. No, 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.
Do you even care where I’m going? he said. What if I were going to hell?
I’ve always wanted to see hell, Cecily said. Doesn’t everyone?
Most 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.
Wouldn’t you stop them?
I suppose it would depend on whether they cut me a part of the profit.
She shook her head. Jem is your parabatai, she said. He 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?
How do you know the drugs are for Jem? Will said.
I’m not an idiot, Will.
No, 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.
So what am I? Cecily said.
Will exhaled, too desperate to check himself. You are my weakness.
And Tessa is your heart, she said, not angrily, but thoughtfully. I 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.
Oh, said Will, and what do you want?
I 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.
The Institute is my home, Will sighed, and leaned his head against the stone wall. I 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.
Finally, she said provingly. You’ve seen sense. I knew you would, you’re related to me.
Will fought the urge to shake her.
Are you ready?
She nodded, and he raised his hand to knock on the door.

Though Will was saying earlier, Tessa added, that heroes all come to bad ends, and he could not imagine why anyone would want to be one, anyway.
Ah. Jem’s hand squeezed hers briefly, and then let it go. Well, 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.
Is it?
Of course. His voice was almost a whisper now. Heroes endure because we need them. Not for their own sakes. If Will …

Our hearts, they need a mirror, Tessa. We see our better selves in the eyes of those who love us.

For that was love, wasnt it--to burn bright in someone else's eyes?

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I take your hand, brother, so that you may go in peace.
Will had opened his blue eyes that never lost their colour over all the passing years, and looked at Jem and then Tessa, and smiled, and died, with Tessa's head on his shoulder and and his hand in Jem's.

So you are dying for love, then," Will said finally, his voice sounding constricted to his own ears.
'Dying a little faster for love. And there are worse things to die for.

Value your parabatai," he said. "For it is a precious bond. All love is precious. It is why we do what we do. Why do we fight demons? Why are they not fit custodians of this world? What makes us better? It is because they do not build, but destroy. They do not love, but hate only. We are human and fallible, we Shadowhunters. But if we did not have the capability to love, we could not guard humans; we must love to guard them. My parabatai, he loved like few ever could love, with all and everything. I see you are like that too; it burns more brightly in you than the fire of Heaven

A sort of good-bye without saying good-bye," he said. "It is a reference to a passage in the Bible. 'And Mizpah, for he said, the Lord watch between me and thee when we are absent one from another.

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Will’s eyes met Tessa’s as she came closer, almost tripping again over the torn hem of her gown. For a moment, they were in perfect understanding. Jem was what they could still look each other straight in the eye about. On the topic of Jem, they were both fierce and unyielding. Tessa saw Will’s hand tighten on Jem’s sleeve. She’s here, he said.
Jem’s eyes opened slowly. Tessa fought to keep the look of shock from her face. His pupils were blown out, his irises a thin ring of silver around the black. Ni shou shang le ma, quin ai de? he whispered.

What I do know is that if we are born again, I will meet you in another life, and if there is a river, you will wait on the shores for me to come to you, so that we can cross together.

For five years it had been his absolute truth. Jem and Will. Will and Jem. Will Herondale lives, therefore Jem Carstairs lives also.

Jem grinned. Where have you been? The Blue Dragon? The Mermaid?
The Devil Tavern if you must know. Will sighed and leaned against one of the posts of the bed. I had such plans for the 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 two-pence for a daisy. The price seemed steep, so I refused. When I told the girl as much, she proceeded to rob me.
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 who goes by the name of Six-Fingered Nigel.
Easy mistake to make, Jem said.

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We’re Nephilim. Every one of our life’s passages has some mystical component — our births, our deaths, our, marriages, everything has a ceremony and a rune. There is one as well if you wish to become someone’s parabatai. It’s no small commitment.

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Change is no loss, Will. Not always.

Jem drew back from her, looking dazed. "By the Angel," he said. "Perhaps we do need a chaperon.

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