‘Goodbye,’ Mort said, and was surprised to find a lump in his throat. ‘It’s such an unpleasant word, isn’t it?’
QUITE SO. Death grinned because, as has so often been remarked, he didn’t have much option. But possibly he meant it, this time.
I PREFER AU REVOIR, he said.
Having to pick one great quote from a Terry Pratchett book is often straight up impossible, as he often has more quotable-quotes in each of his individual books than some writers have in their entire careers. Hell, Mort has enough itself to fill this site for a month (“I DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU, BUT I COULD MURDER A CURRY”). But this quote acts as the perfect punchline to the novel. After all, no matter how hard you try, there’s no saying goodbye to Death. The most someone can get is an au revoir, until we meet again.