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Have you ever had an emotional response to a sentence in a book that surprised you?

During some downtime at work I decided to read Moby Dick again. In the chapter "A Bosom Friend" in which Ishmael and Queequeg learn to enjoy each other's companionship, a line had me a little choked up. The good, happy to be alive kind of choked up.

"I'll try a pagan friend, thought I, since Christian kindness has proved but hollow courtesy."

In the context of Moby Dick it isn't all that impressive or evocative. But for some reason it knocked my socks off with its simplicity. Please share a similar experience...be it a quote from a book, a movie, or a song.


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    Nov 3 2013: And I would like to mention also,one of mine favorite moments from one book. Actually, it's whole chapter, so I can't quote it, but I'll retell it. Also, it was based on true events.

    WWI, the chapter talks about opponent armies, that was in the parallel bunkers, one close to another. They were there for weeks, without any attack.

    Easter comes- big holiday for both of the armies. On the day of the holiday,the soldiers were watching each other from the bunkers,and at the one moment,from both of the bunkers, every single soldier were went out,wished happy holiday to the opponent, exchanged food and cigarettes,and go back to the their bunker.

    It was very touching moment, described very picturesquely .
    • Nov 5 2013: Jelena,

      Did not know about this incident in WWII but knew about Christmas during WWI (actual event) Here is a movie about it "Joyeux Noel" made in 2005.
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        Nov 5 2013: Wayne,

        It's story about WWI. Serbian trilogy book had been written by Stanslav Jakovljevic, Serbian solder, and participant of Salonika front.

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