Tear Jerker / Mort

  • When Death sends off the souls of those kittens, I very nearly broke down into tears. Death's stopping a conversation to go fetch the dead kittens while commenting on how angered Death was by it was punch one. Death petting the souls of the dead kittens was punch two.
  • This is the first book where we really see just how very alone Death is, he is the only one of his kind and will outlive all life on the disk, and perhaps, even beyond that.
  • Death is dueling with Mort, and we can see that Death is clearly unstoppable. Mort may be able to go toe-to-toe with him for a few minutes, but Death's victory is inevitable...until Death lets himself get distracted twice, and even tells Mort to kill him. He's clearly so, so tired of being Death.
  • Ysabell and Death's relationship is a combination of tearjerker and heartwarming. Death rescues her from an accident that drowned her parents - she was the very first person he ever interfered in history for. Despite being utterly unrelatable, Death does make an effort to care for her and they do consider each other family. Then, at the end of the book, you realize that Death leaves his daughter and his apprentice forever...until their deaths, which means he's consigning himself to only see them one last time.