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  • At the end, where Miss Flitworth dies -- and Death takes her into the past to see that the man she loved didn't jilt her but was killed in an accident on the way to their wedding. Reunited, the ghosts go off into the afterlife together.
    • Slightly earlier, he brings her "a diamond to be her friend", misinterpreting "diamonds are a girl's best friend". Something about the scene tugs at my heartstrings in a wonderful way.
  • And it's implied he even earlier saves a little girl from death by giving her some of the sand from his own life-timer, thus bringing his own death (which terrifies him) closer.
    • What really sells it is the little internal conflict between Death and Bill Door. Death knows that children die, not in a cruel or uncaring way, but just as a fact of existence. To Bill Door "This was all so much horse elbows."
  • There's a subtler one earlier where the farmers remark on how Death cuts corn very quickly despite cutting each stalk individually. This evokes how he empathizes with humanity and sees them as individuals, unlike the New Death later in the book who treats them like cattle.
  • What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?
  • YES.
  • And he stops and has a chat with Windle Poons. This a kinder Death.
  • As Death sharpens his new scythe.

Miss Flitworth: Silk. Finest white silk. Never been worn.
Death: ... Thank you.


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