History HopeSpot / Literature

1st Feb '16 11:58:05 AM Prfnoff
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* A quiet yet significant one is featured in Thomas Mann's ''TheMagicMountain'': Hans Castrop, the protagonist, is out hiking when overtaken by a blizzard; he stumbles in desperation through the blinding snows looking for shelter. He thinks he sees it in the far-off form of a snow-shrouded inn, only to discover on close approach that it's just a covered hayrick.
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* A quiet yet significant one is featured in Thomas Mann's ''TheMagicMountain'': ''Literature/TheMagicMountain'': Hans Castrop, the protagonist, is out hiking when overtaken by a blizzard; he stumbles in desperation through the blinding snows looking for shelter. He thinks he sees it in the far-off form of a snow-shrouded inn, only to discover on close approach that it's just a covered hayrick.
28th Dec '15 4:51:02 AM Phys101
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* In ''Literature/CaseyAtTheBat'', two despised, lousy batters both [[MiracleRally come through]] with hits to base, to everyone's astonishment. Casey now has his opportunity to shine and win the game. Alas [[WhatAnIdiot Casey...]]
11th Aug '15 10:22:25 AM Anddrix
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', just when it looks like [[spoiler:Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}'', just when it looks like [[spoiler:Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]
31st Jul '15 2:01:00 PM phoenix
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* Friedrich Dürrenmatt's ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': [[MadDoctor Dr. Emmenberger]] never tortured the prisoners at the [[NaziGermany concentration camp he worked]] without their approval. He just promised them to bring them back from an extermination camp to a concentration camp after the "surgery" and they where desperate enough to believe him. He even kept his word after he performed a vivisection on Gulliver, the only one to survive a treatment of Emmenberger.
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* Friedrich Dürrenmatt's ''{{Literature/Suspicion}}'': [[MadDoctor Dr. Emmenberger]] never tortured the prisoners at the [[NaziGermany [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany concentration camp he worked]] without their approval. He just promised them to bring them back from an extermination camp to a concentration camp after the "surgery" and they where desperate enough to believe him. He even kept his word after he performed a vivisection on Gulliver, the only one to survive a treatment of Emmenberger.
24th Jul '15 6:55:50 AM FoolsEditAccount
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* ''Literature/MidnightsChildren'': After the midnight's children are gathered in the Widows' Hostel, Saleem believes that they can fight back now that they're finally all together. He encourages them to endure the torture and strike back once the Widow thinks they're finished... but then that torture turns out to remove their magic powers. Lampshaded by Saleem, who says that in addition to vasectomies and hysterectomies, the sterilization crew performed "sperectomies" -- the removal of hope.
23rd Jul '15 11:47:58 AM Korodzik
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* ''Literature/{{Somewhither}}'': Ilya finally figuring out how to climb up from his oubliette and leaving through the hole in the ceiling... at which point the portal surrounding the hole activates and dumps him in another, identical, undamaged cell.
18th Jul '15 4:59:05 PM JamaicanCastle
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*** This particular one is {{lampshaded}} in a brilliant fashion by Moist's narration; he ''instantly'' [[GenreSavvy recognized]] from Vetinari's tone and ExactWords ("you will never hear from me again") that he should file the door idea under "Deeply Suspicious".

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* The fall of Coruscant in ''[[Literature/NewJediOrder Star by Star]]'' contains a few moments where it looks like the New Republic's defenders, having finally become fully engaged with the enemy, might actually do enough damage to force the Vong into retreat. Oddly, the ending of the book is a Hope Spot ''for the Vong'', who think the invasion is progressing extremely well (they just took the enemy's capital, right?) but are about to run into a severe case of [[PyrrhicVictory "won the battle, lost the war"]].
14th May '15 3:07:41 AM Kat103
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', just when it looks like Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.
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* In ''[[Literature/{{Divergent}} Allegiant]]'', just when it looks like Tris [[spoiler:Tris is going to shrug off the death serum and survive, David fatally shoots her. She still manages to get her HeroicSacrifice off, though.]]
14th Apr '15 6:12:01 PM ayjazz
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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany, it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]
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* To Owen and his friends, in ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany, ''Literature/APrayerForOwenMeany'', it seems like the day he dreamed that he would die, when it comes, would go about without a hitch. [[spoiler: Then Dick walks into the area with a live grenade...]]
10th Apr '15 11:43:24 AM TVRulezAgain
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* In JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Black Tide]]'', Fabius Bile frequently sets up apparent chances to escape for his prisoners. It's a marvel that Rafen manages to convince half the prisoners they have a real chance this time.
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* In JamesSwallow's Creator/JamesSwallow's TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} novel ''[[Literature/BloodAngels Black Tide]]'', Fabius Bile frequently sets up apparent chances to escape for his prisoners. It's a marvel that Rafen manages to convince half the prisoners they have a real chance this time.
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