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The Doll's House
- Pretty much everything that Death does is this (not as strange as it sounds). For example, when she goes to comfort the suicidal Urania Blackwell in "Facades", and the following exchange ensues:
Rainie: You've come for me? Blessed, merciful Death. You've come to make it all stop.
Death: No, I haven't come for you, Rainie. [...] Like I said, I was passing, and I heard you crying, and, well, the door was open...
Season of Mists
A Game of You
- When Foxglove first finds out that Hazel is pregnant (it obviously isn't hers):
Foxglove: What kind of relationship did we have, for Chrissakes? You're dumb, you know that? Dumb and selfish and, and deceitful, and secretive, and — and — and — dumb. (pause) Oh... shit. (pause) Do you know how much a baby's going to cost us? For a start we have to buy one of those dumb books full of names...
Hazel: Fox? Fox, I do love you.
Foxglove: Damn straight you do. Jerk.
- At the end of A Game of You, when Barbie crosses out "Alvin" on Wanda's Gravestone and writes "Wanda" above it. The few pages leading up to that moment count as well.
- Also, the very end, when Wanda (in her true form) and Death wave goodbye to Barbie in a dream.
- Earlier, Nuala admits she disobeyed Dream and warned Barbie about what was coming. Dream first curtly accepts it and walks away, then comes back and tells her she did the right thing.
- The stand-alone issue "Three Septembers and a January" is Based on a True Story: the tale of Joshua Norton, Emperor of the United States (see the Real Life entry in the Crazy Awesome page for more details.) In Sandman's version, Norton is at his lowest point, a poverty-stricken man on the point of suicide. He belongs to Despair now, and she challenges Dream to give Norton the will to live out his natural days without falling victim to Despair, Desire or Delirium. Dream has to be goaded into "playing your game," but he wins effortlessly. Joshua Norton is inspired by a dream that stays with him the rest of his life.
I hoped that you would come back to me, Joshua. But no
. I would seem to have failed. You're a pitiful madman
, a Tom O'Bedlam
, dying in the gutter
, in the rain
. But you never despaired
I've met a lot
of kings, and emperors and heads of state in my time, Joshua. I've
met them all
. And you know
something? I think I liked you best.
[...] [That's] a great hat
. Can I try it on?
Joshua Norton was buried on Sunday, the 10th of January 1880. 10,000 people filed past the body, as it lay in state; and his funeral cortege was over two miles long.
- It should be noted that the last line is absolutely true, and the figure of 10,000 is conservative.
- Earlier in that story, the mutual respect between Norton and the Chinese gardener who serves as his "Lord Chamberlain", and Norton writing a decree for Mark Twain naming him official story-teller for the United States after hearing his friend talk about his frustrations with a story he's trying to write.
- The stand-alone The Parliament of Rooks features Abel telling a Disneyfied recount of how he and his brother ended up in the Dreaming, presented in a Super-Deformed art style. The tale shows how much he cares for Cain, even though he keeps murdering him.
- Something else that's worth mentioning is that Abel does not stutter at all when he's telling his story. It's nice to see him confident for once.
- Also: Baby Death and Baby Morpheus. D'aaawww...
- The entire issue really, since it's inhabitants of the Dreaming telling stories to a dreaming Daniel Hall.
- After upsetting her, Dream apologizes to Delirium, when he's hardly ever apologized to anyone in his entire existence. She asks him if he likes her, to which he replies: "Yes, I suppose I must do, Delirium. You entertain me. And it distresses me to see you troubled."
- Death kissing Dream on the cheek, giving him comfort and a confidence boost after his most recent romance ended harshly.
- Dream's breakdown when he realizes he has to go to Orpheus to find his brother, and the fact that despite his stubbornness, he DOES go, even though he knows it'll probably result in his son's death. Also from that segment we have Delirium being sane to allow Dream a moment, and Destruction giving Delirium his dog.
The Kindly Ones
- Matthew refusing to leave Dream's side when he goes to confront the Kindly Ones, and telling him how good it's been working for him.
- Death and Dream's exchange right before Dream dies to save his world. Death scolds him for what he's about to do, and he recalls their conversation in "The Sound of Her Wings" (her first appearance in the series), when she capped off a scold by throwing a loaf of bread at him, and reveals he's brought a loaf of bread in case she felt the need to do it again. Seeing their simple, sweet sibling relationship in this situation is both heartwarming and heartbreaking.
- At the end of The Wake the Endless (sans Daniel-Dream and Destruction) are sitting around a table discussing the new Dream in anticipation of meeting him. Despair recalls how scared she was when she took her mantle, and professes that she will try to be kind. Destiny notes that they all will. Desire protests, saying that they ought to see how he shapes up first, but, well, Destiny has already spoken.
- Daniel!Dream ultimately forgiving Alexander Burgess and allowing him to return to the waking world.
- Matthew's conversation with the new Dream, in which he decides what to do:
Daniel: Have you decided what you want?
Matthew: I don't want to be your raven. I was his raven. It wouldn't be right. It wouldn't be the same.
Daniel: As you will.
Matthew: But, Jeez. You're just a kid. Well kinda. You're gonna need someone around to offer advice, bail you out when you're in trouble, all that. And ravens... well, we don't grow on trees.
Daniel: And what brought about this change of heart?
Matthew: You mean, is it because you told me you save my life? No. I had to make a speech about the boss, at the shindig... and while I was talking, I think I figured a few things out for myself... Funeral's over. Time to get on with our lives. Time to grow up.
- Hob Gadling, forced to attend a Renaissance Fair where his new girlfriend is working, is going through a depressive funk because he knows from his dreams that his best friend is dead. As he mopes about, he comes across remembrances of his past lives, haunting him and making his mood worse. Confronted by Death, who lets him know the "game" she was playing with Dream to let Hob live as long as he wants is over, and he's free to accept her Gift if he chooses. Tempted by the idea that dying in a make-believe fair would be a funny way to go, Hob realizes he still wants to live, something Death is willing to let happen due to Dream's friendship with him. The comic ends with Hob celebrating by making love to his girlfriend in the rain and remembering a recent dream he had of Daniel (now as Dream) and Destruction walking together on the beach, foretelling a future meeting.
- In Endless Nights, after Delirium gets lost in her realm and Dream arranges a team to get her out, the family decide someone should watch her. Destruction then takes her under his wing for at least a while, as you see them camping. He broke his centuries-long self-imposed exile because his baby sister needed him.
- Death Talks About Life, an eight-page public awareness pamphlet about AIDS, presented by Death Herself (with some reluctant assistance from John Constantine and a banana).
- In the one-shot Fear of Falling, collected in Fables and Reflections Dream talking to Todd, a playwright paralyzed by fear as his latest play draws closer to the opening night, dating back to when he was falling in a dream as a child, felt certain that he would die for real if he died in the dream, and then woke up but lay there paralyzed for the night. In his present dream, Morpheus offers him some cryptic advice about Taking A Third Option, and then knocks him off a great height again. As a terrified Todd starts to fall, and prepare to wake himself up again, he remembers what Morpheus said. The next morning, he arrives at the theater his play is being held, with a new sense of confidence due to his experience in the dream, and explains why
Todd: Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall you fly.
- In Death: The Time of Your Life, when Foxglove confesses to cheating on Hazel and no longer returning Hazel's constant faith and trust. This gives us the following exchange:
Hazel: Well, you always thought I was the stupid one. And I always thought I was the stupid one too. And then you say something like that.
Foxglove: I said I didn't think I loved you...
Hazel: I know. And you followed me into death because I needed you. What do you think love is?
The Video Game
- Sophie's relationship with her father. It's obvious that Sophie and her father love each other dearly. Even when everyone is put to sleep, Sophie decides to go look for her father. She was horrified when she thought that he was killed by a dragon.
- The good ending when Lullaby puts Sophie to sleep. It chooses to turn into her mother and help her fall asleep.
- Speaking of the good ending, how about when the Sandman places Sophie in her bed. Just before he leaves, he tucks a strand of hair behind her ear and then wakes up the world again.
- The scene where David and Sophie meet for the first time. David takes time out of his schedule to talk to a distraught teenage girl and be friends with her. Sure it leads to a Precocious Crush on him, but in the good ending, Sophie decides to leave behind her romantic feelings for him and be friends with him.
- The Sandman has a few of these himself. When he finds out that people are still awake after he sprinkled the Eternal Sleep Sand all over the world, he creates Lullaby in hopes that he can give them a peaceful rest.
- Everything in the bonus chapter. Once Sophie arrives at the Sandman's castle, the Sandman has tried to make Sophie comfortable and put her in a peaceful slumber. However, he wasn't aware that some of his actions could have killed Sophie. The poor guy feels guilty after he realized what he almost did to her.
- The fact that the Sandman created a special sleeping dust for Sophie. Admittedly, him trying to force her to sleep would lead to a bad end, but he wanted to help Sophie.