History TearJerker / NightWatch

7th Nov '16 5:30:59 PM sher1
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** Even if he [[spoiler: doesn't actually die, he considers being BroughtDownToNormal a FateWorseThanDeath. And if you think about it, he has to adjust to living without magic, which he was absolutely dependent on, he can no longer work in the Night Watch.... and his wife and daughter have to watch him grow old and die.

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** Even if he [[spoiler: doesn't actually die, he considers being BroughtDownToNormal a FateWorseThanDeath. And if you think about it, he has to adjust to living without magic, which he was absolutely dependent on, he can no longer work in the Night Watch.... and his wife and daughter have to watch him grow old and die.]]
7th Nov '16 5:30:41 PM sher1
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* Madame and the Seamstresses, seeing to it for thirty years that there's always a wreath and a hard-boiled egg at the gravesite. Vimes and his battle-comrades aren't the only ones with long memories or loyalty.

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* Madame and the Seamstresses, seeing to it for thirty years that there's always a wreath and a hard-boiled egg at the gravesite. Vimes and his battle-comrades aren't the only ones with long memories or loyalty.loyalty.


!![[{{Literature/Nightwatch}} The Watch Series]]

* In ''The Sixth Watch'', [[spoiler: when Anton is about to be killed by the Two-In-One, he looks at Svetlana and Nadya and tries to smile for them.]]
** Even if he [[spoiler: doesn't actually die, he considers being BroughtDownToNormal a FateWorseThanDeath. And if you think about it, he has to adjust to living without magic, which he was absolutely dependent on, he can no longer work in the Night Watch.... and his wife and daughter have to watch him grow old and die.
* Also in ''The Sixth Watch'', the Tiger's [[spoiler: HeroicSacrifice]]
* In ''The Sixth Watch'', Anton's helplessness and despair as he watches [[spoiler: Nadya prepare to become the Grandmother of Grandmothers, the leader of the witches' Conclave, sacrificing her youth in the process. Luckily, it's averted.]]
11th Oct '15 5:24:09 PM LBHills
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* Shortly thereafter when [[spoiler:Vimes tells Vetinari what he thinks of the idea of a monument. NO-ONE has EVER spoken like that to Vetinari before and gotten away with it, but just this once Vetinari backs]].

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* Shortly thereafter when [[spoiler:Vimes tells Vetinari what he thinks of the idea of a monument. NO-ONE has EVER spoken like that to Vetinari before and gotten away with it, but just this once Vetinari backs]].admits that he's wrong.]].



** Be aware that until this point Vetinari has always been able to "bribe" Sam at the end of each book for being able to do his job, making Vimes feel a bit as a dog being thrown a bone. But not this time. Not even Vetinari can bribe history.

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** Be aware that until this point Vetinari has always been able to "bribe" Sam at the end of each book for being able to do his job, making Vimes feel a bit as like a dog being thrown a bone. But not this time. Not even Vetinari can bribe history.



*** The realization that Sam has been caring for Nobby his whole life. Nobby's been under his wing since the beginning. Is it any wonder that when the Night Watch was just three it was Colon and Nobby, who refused to leave Sam Vimes and move on? It speaks volumes about THEIR character as well as his.

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*** The realization that Sam has been caring for Nobby his whole life. Nobby's been under his wing since the beginning. Is it any wonder that when the Night Watch was just three it was Colon and Nobby, who refused to leave Sam Vimes and move on? It speaks volumes about THEIR '''their''' character as well as his.



-->The gods knew the man deserved it... but young Sam was watching him, across thirty years. When we break down, it all breaks down. That's just how it works. You can bend it, and if you make it hot enough you can bend it in a circle, but you can't break it. When you break it, it all breaks down until there's nothing unbroken. It starts here and now. He lowered the sword.

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-->The gods knew the man deserved it... but [[MoralityChain young Sam Sam]] was watching him, across thirty years. When we break down, it all breaks down. That's just how it works. You can bend it, and if you make it hot enough you can bend it in a circle, but you can't break it. When you break it, it all breaks down until there's nothing unbroken. It starts here and now. He lowered the sword.
26th Sep '15 4:55:01 AM Smoko
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** ''Night Watch'' shows that Nobby's childhood was far from [[HilariouslyAbusiveChildhood hilarious]]. Of special heartbreak is this line.
-->'''Nobby:''' I don't want to go to the Tanty, sir. Sconner's[[note]] Nobby's father [[/note]] in there.
--> '''Vimes, to himself:''' ''And he used to break your arms.''
22nd Sep '15 12:59:55 PM MechWarrior
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* Vimes's "What if we actually won?" dilemma, his consequent HeroicBSOD and his recovery. Doubled as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.

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* Vimes's "What if we actually won?" dilemma, his consequent HeroicBSOD and his recovery. Doubled as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome.SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome.
26th Jun '15 8:16:47 AM Sharlee
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* Madame and the Seamtresses, seeing to it for thirty years that there's always a wreath and a hard-boiled egg at the gravesite.

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* Madame and the Seamtresses, Seamstresses, seeing to it for thirty years that there's always a wreath and a hard-boiled egg at the gravesite.gravesite. Vimes and his battle-comrades aren't the only ones with long memories or loyalty.
26th Jun '15 8:15:54 AM Sharlee
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* Vimes having to hear Young Sam talk about his long-gone mother; he recalls that he would rather be tortured by Swing than return to the street where he was raised.

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* Vimes having to hear Young Sam talk about his long-gone mother; he recalls that he would rather be tortured by Swing than return to the street where he was raised.raised.
* Madame and the Seamtresses, seeing to it for thirty years that there's always a wreath and a hard-boiled egg at the gravesite.
17th May '15 2:35:25 AM ArcaneAzmadi
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** Poor old Tilden doesn't have a good story. He has a HeroicBSOD when he hears that his old regiment was responsible for the Dolly Sisters Massacre and is then "given the push" and replaced by Lord Rust. When young Sam protests that "he was a good captain!", Vimes mentally corrects him "No, he was a good man. He's well out of it."
26th Dec '14 11:09:46 PM SuperLurkerGuy
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* It's very small, easy to miss, and we know what will happen, but when young Nobby says he wants to be a Watchman, he adds "But I'm thinking of going for a soldier if I grow up." ''If'' I grow up.

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* It's very small, easy to miss, and we know what will happen, but when young Nobby says he wants to be a Watchman, he adds "But I'm thinking of going for a soldier if I grow up." ''If'' I grow up.up.
* Vimes having to hear Young Sam talk about his long-gone mother; he recalls that he would rather be tortured by Swing than return to the street where he was raised.
24th Nov '14 9:41:14 AM LovesRodents
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* It's comparatively minor, but when the other Watchmen attempt to frame Vimes for the theft of Captain Tilden's beloved silver inkstand (a retirement present from his old regiment), while Vimes turning the tables on them is indeed awesome, much less so is the fact that, rather than dropping the inkstand into the locker of one of the other Watchmen (his plan had been Ned Coates, but after discovering incriminating evidence in Coates' locker implying his revolutionary leanings, he doesn't go through with it) he instead hides it in the safe in Tilden's office. Then after a complete search of all of the lockers (And Vimes' turning the tables on the other Watchmen) he then plays upon Tilden's advanced age and the spotty memory that comes with it to make Tilden think he locked the inkstand up in the safe and simply forgot about it, causing Tilden no small amount of (completely undeserved) embarrassment. In-universe, Vimes ''knows'' he's doing a bad thing and inwardly feels awful about it, since Tilden is a good man, if an incompetent Watch captain, but isn't left with any other recourse.

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* It's comparatively minor, but when the other Watchmen attempt to frame Vimes for the theft of Captain Tilden's beloved silver inkstand (a retirement present from his old regiment), while Vimes turning the tables on them is indeed awesome, much less so is the fact that, rather than dropping the inkstand into the locker of one of the other Watchmen (his plan had been Ned Coates, but after discovering incriminating evidence in Coates' locker implying his revolutionary leanings, he doesn't go through with it) he instead hides it in the safe in Tilden's office. Then after a complete search of all of the lockers (And Vimes' turning the tables on the other Watchmen) he then plays upon Tilden's advanced age and the spotty memory that comes with it to make Tilden think he locked the inkstand up in the safe and simply forgot about it, causing Tilden no small amount of (completely undeserved) embarrassment. In-universe, Vimes ''knows'' he's doing a bad thing and inwardly feels awful about it, since Tilden is a good man, if an incompetent Watch captain, but isn't left with any other recourse.recourse.
* It's very small, easy to miss, and we know what will happen, but when young Nobby says he wants to be a Watchman, he adds "But I'm thinking of going for a soldier if I grow up." ''If'' I grow up.
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