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Favorite piece of dialogue in the whole game

A topic by kumo69 created Nov 07, 2021 Views: 477 Replies: 11
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We all know the game has a really beautiful writing style, so there's a lot of remarkable and poetic moments. It doesn't matter whether it something quoted by a character (either poem, quote, etc) or a small interaction between two characters (a whole conversation or a single phrase). I'm curious to see what your favorite piece of dialogue is, beautiful either from the context from where it took place or just because it was poetic.

For me, it's when Asterion quotes Sappho:

"For the man who is beautiful is beautiful to see but the good man will at once also beautiful be."

I just think the context from where it was said (the second time) makes it even more meaningful, and the quote itself is beautiful.

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Ooh, nice topic. Not dialogue per se (does it count if the narrator says it?), but these lines stuck out to me and remembered them well after playing because of their wholesomeness and their anaphoric(?) progression:

"Gather the bull, gather the man, gather the friend unto himself."

"Gather the man, gather the dear, gather the beloved to his lover."

Short, nice rhythm, and makes you go "I remember that, look how far we've gone!".

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Oh good lord this is gonna be a long one. Most of my favorite lines are from later in the story so they might be spoilery but these are the ones that really stuck with me the most. Also not really dialogue, mostly narration, but I guess it counts too.

"The Panoptes swallows the knot in his throat, and ponders the value of his own words. The warmth that an earnest confession can bring. What does one lose in baring one's heart? At that moment, he couldn't think of a single thing." (Chapter 18)

"Each fear has a temperament of its own, and a song which soothes it and it alone" (Chapter 18)

"May you live long enough to toil and cry out, but never for long enough to enjoy any fruit of your labor. May your lineage perish, and may this world die with it." (Hinterlands 3 - there's something about all the vitriol in the Tapir's monologue here that really gets to me...)

"I wanted to hold him. I should, could, ought to - but it was one of those moments where one resigns himself to whatever sorry fate being a man asks of him, even when he knows it's for the worst." (Hinterlands 5)

"Grandpa sold his soul to the devil for love, didn't he? People died because of it - and so did he, when the weight of his wrongdoing became too much. [Storm] was looking at me with his sweet eyes, hands fidgeting as he waited for my reaction. [...] Guess it's true what they say: the road to hell is paved with good intentions." (Hinterlands 5)

"Is this really what you've sent my way, God? Must I follow the same path my grandpa did? I breathed in, held it... And as soon as I let it out, I knew exactly what kind of death awaited me" (Hinterlands 5, again. The hopelessness and resignation in this scene just hits so hard to me. In all honesty I could get this entire chapter tattooed permanently into my skin)

And last but not least,

"If anything, I think bein' gay is cool!" - (Storm,  trendsetter and ageless icon)

There's a bunch of other lines I'd put here too, but for some I don't have a save to reference the full thing quickly (like the "Will I ever turn to stone?" narration from the parking lot scene) and others have very explicit spoilers (like. Every Argos narration from Ruthless. God, why is Argos such a walking spoiler...) so they're left out for now. Also, honorable mention to the hummingbirds that just won't leave Asterion alone

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I don't know if it's the most meaningful, but the incantation P uses to make Storm's charm was the moment I knew I had to follow this story all the way to the end, so there's not really any way to argue that's not my favorite.

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When you make not a simple promise, or a contract but an Oath between two souls yearning for each other. And then you dramatically stupefy Argos with the depth of your feelings and the extreme that it'll take you. Proudly declaring to this Labyrinth and to the Gods  that hath never been nor likely again another Master such as yourself. I like to think even the Gods would be dumbstruck at what was done. well.... except for maybe a certain vagabond. 

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Not my favourite line per se, but I've started a new playthrough, and the MC telling Asterion that Jean strikes him as "mercurial" is just... so damn clever.

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The entire short interlude regarding a certain figure's mental  health... this whole damn RECURSION

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  "Why? It’s not funny anymore, so why?

  What have I done to make you hate me so?

  Did I pick the crocuses you wanted to give Mother?

  Did I squeeze your hand too hard when we walked together?

  Whatever it is, I am sorry...  So please, I beg, stop this..."

where is that line  in the game? i don't recall seeing it

Rutheless Route

That route really raises a lot more questions even as it answers others. 

it's very integral to the plot. the name and implications give it a bad rep, but it's definitely worth going through