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Heartwarming / Bridge to Terabithia

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  • After Leslie's death, one of the Jerk Jock kids pushes Jess in sight of Janice, the school bully. The next scene, that kid has a bloody nose, and Janice sits by Jess and is kind to him.
    • It's especially heartwarming when you remember that Leslie listened to Janice's issues at home, and was very likely the only person who ever did so.
  • Jess's dad consoling a sobbing Jess as he wonders if Leslie, who died without baptism, is going to hell and encouraging Jess to remember all of things Leslie taught him.
    Jess: Is it like the Bible says? Is she going to hell?
    Mr. Aarons: I don't know everything about God, but I do know He's not gonna send that little girl to hell.
    Jess: Then I'm going to hell because it's all my fault.
    Mr. Aarons: Don't you think that even for a minute.
    Jess: But it is. I didn't invite her to go to the museum with me. I didn't wanna invite her. I wasn't there to go with her. It's my fault.
    Mr. Aarons: No, no, no, no. It's not your fault. None of that makes it so. It's a terrible thing. It doesn't make any sense, but it's not your fault, Jess. She brought you something special when she came here, didn't she? That's what you hold on to. That's how you keep her alive.
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  • The very end, when Jess brings Maybelle to Terabithia.
  • Jess's thoughts near the end of the book, as he accepts Leslie's death.
    For hadn't Leslie, even in Terabithia, tried to push back the walls of his mind and make him see beyond to the shining world—huge and terrible and beautiful and very fragile? (Handle with care—everything—even the predators.)
    Now it was time for him to move out. She wasn't there, so he must go for both of them. It was up to him to pay back to the world in beauty and caring what Leslie had loaned him in vision and strength.
  • After taking part in a revenge prank against Janice Avery, Leslie hears Janice crying in the bathroom. Jess suggests to her that she talk to Janice, and after talking with Janice about her problems, Leslie befriends Janice.
  • After a trip to church, we get this line from Leslie:
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  • After Leslie dies, Jess punches Scott in the face for making a cruel joke about it. Rather than punish him, Jess' Stern Teacher takes him outside the classroom, gently talks to him, and opens up a bit about how much pain she was in after her husband died. She then tells him a person like Leslie was a rarity, and that she understands that he must be going through Hell — but he isn't alone. Every now and then, the adults say the right thing.
  • Jess apologizing to May Belle for having reacted badly to her following him to Terabithia earlier, and him noticing that she drew a picture of him freeing the greenhouse pest.
  • In the film, Leslie waiting for Jess after he got kicked off the bus.
  • Just the way that she constantly encourages Jess to believe in himself and be better is so darn beautiful.


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