We’ve reached Day 6 of our Week of Clockwork Princess and with Clockwork Princess just 2 days away, we’re feeling a bit nostalgic as the series is drawing to a close.
So we’re going to look back at some more of the memorable moments (so far) in The Infernal Devices.
We’ve enlisted the help of some of your favorite fan sites to reflect on our Favorite Infernal Devices Moments (so far).
Here’s Part 2:
Favorite INFERNAL DEVICES Moments: Part 2
Alyssa, TMI Source: “I’ve Lost Everything” (Clockwork Angel, Chapter 19: Boadicea)
This was the first time that the fandom truly witnessed the suffering of one Will Herondale. Little did we know this was just the tip of the iceberg as far as pain, suffering and heartbreak was concerned.
Tessa is stuck with Mortmain in the Institute’s Sanctuary as he taunts her with knowledge of who she really is. Tessa, remembering what Will told her of Boadicea and how she was “braver than any man,” drives a knife into her chest. Shortly after, Will comes into the Sanctuary and sees Tessa’s crumpled body, her dress drenched in blood. He is reminded of his family and how he left them when he was 12 years old and that feeling washes over him.
I have lost everything. Lost everything. Everything.
But it’s the moment after Will realizes that Tessa is not dead, that she had “changed” right before she had stabbed herself in her chest, that left us breathless.
She looked up at him with a smile. The smile broke what was left of his resistance—shattered it. He had let the walls down when he’d thought she was gone, and there was no time to them back up. For a moment she clung to him tightly, warm and alive in his arms. Her hair brushed his cheek. The color had come back into the world; he could breathe again, and for that moment he breathed her in—she smelled of slat, blood, tears, and Tessa.
This is the moment where Will realizes that not only does he love Tessa, but that she feels the same for him. Will was prepared to tell her of his feelings—how much she meant to him, how he truly cared for her—until “a jolt of terror went through him.”
But there was nothing to say. There was only the emptiness, as there had been before her. As there always would be.
I have lost everything, Will thought. Everything.
At the time of Clockwork Angel, we had no idea of the curse Will believed was put on him—about how those who loved him would die—so we are left desperate for answers and wondering what had happened to this beautiful boy with the blue eyes that made him so broken?
Megan, TMI Source: Nightmares at the York Institute (Clockwork Prince, Chapter 5: Shades of the Past)
I think one of the most overlooked scenes in Clockwork Princess takes place at the York Institute. Tessa had fainted after seeing the spoils and has nightmares, and Will wakes her up. The sweet and gentle nature that Will treats Tessa with is so beautiful. He tries to calm her fears and asks what the nightmares were. Then even more sweetly tells her “I would never let anyone touch a hair on your head. You know that don’t you, Tess?” Will’s sweet disposition is revealed just a bit more in that little scene in the dark, and because of his actions on the roof of the institute Tessa turns away from his kiss. You can almost hear the desperation in his voice when he says “But you called out.” and the pain in Tessa’s when she says “Not for you.”
Cat, TMI Source: Charlotte and Henry admit their feelings (Clockwork Prince, Chapter 18: Until I Die)
I love Charlotte and Henry as a couple so their conversation in Chapter 18 made me very, very happy. When I read Clockwork Angel I was often shaking my head because it was right there on the page how much they cared for each other, how Lottie wanted to touch Henry, but she didn’t because she thought that it wouldn’t be welcome. And then Chapter 18 happened! Charlotte is close to resigning as head of the London Institute and suddenly we meet a Henry Branwell who isn’t passionate about his inventions but who is passionate about his wife. We have seen glimpses of a confident Henry before he really blew me away. Gone is the bumbling, slightly crazy inventor and we have a confident, young man. He knows that he hasn’t been the perfect husband and is sometimes too caught up in his own world, but he is only trying to help the Nephilim. There is a huge misunderstanding between Lottie – I’m sure I’m not the only one who melts when he calls her ‘Lottie’ – and Henry which involves a former debt and then bam! Henry explodes and tells her “I went to your father in good faith and asked him if he would do me the honor of allowing me to ask for your hand in marriage.” And there’s more “”You are not plain, “ Henry said, his face still blazing (me: fangirling). “You are beautiful. And I didn’t ask your father if I could marry you out of duty; I did it because I loved you. I’ve always loved you. I’m your husband.”” “I’ve always loved you”, just let it sink in for a moment. … It gets even better, though, when Charlotte says “(…) I love you”, she tells Henry that she’d give up the Institute for him and then they KISS. They have finally admitted their feelings – after being married for years – and Lottie and Henry share a very sweet moment without any more doubts. For me, this moment was only topped by Charlotte announcing that she is expecting a child and Henry’s absolute joy when he finds out that the woman he loves is carrying his son. Happy fangirl sigh. Now I cannot wait to read what will happen to the Branwells, if their son is really going to be a little Buford and how they are related to Jocelyn and Clary Fairchild!
Natalie, TMI Examiner: Dirty Sexy Balcony Scene (Clockwork Prince, Chapter 12: Masquerade)
Oh how the fandom has had fun with the, “Dirty Sexy _____ Scenes” and the balcony scene between Will and Tessa did not disappoint. In fact, it is one of my favorite examples of sexual tension. When will started taking down Jessamine’s pins from Tessa’s hair and removing her gloves….wow. Not to downplay the sexiness of their kiss but THAT was sexy and somehow sweet at the same time. After reading it several times, I see that Will is showing her that he really “sees” her despite his big front and act that he plays with everyone. Anyone that reads The Infernal Devices can see early on that Will is covering for some horrible thing from his past. Of course, he don’t know what but in this scene we see a glimpse at the true Will. A Will who has not had any fizzy lemonade!
Amber, TMI Institute: The Awakening and Undoing of William Herondale (Clockwork Prince, Chapter 17: In Dreams)
The Awakening and Undoing of William Herondale… That’s the title I’ve come up with for Will’s realization that the curse he’s lived with for five years – the one where he can let no one love him or they will perish – has all been a lie.
This is one of my favorite moments in The Infernal Devices. In the chapter “In Dreams”, Will receives a message from Magnus Bane to meet him. Although expecting him a day later, Will shows up to see Magnus, who is crashing with the werewolf Woolsey Scott. Will was so overcome by the thought of finding a way to end his curse so he could be with the girl who had haunted him at first site, Tessa Gray.
“Everything I’ve done,” Will said. His lungs felt as if he couldn’t get enough air. “All the lying, the pushing people away, the abandonment of my family, the unforgivable things I said to Tessa – a waste. A bloody waste, and all because of a lie I was too stupid to believe.”
“I love you, Tessa, and I have loved you, almost since the moment I met you.”
Tita, TMI News en Español: Holy Water Scene (Clockwork Angel, Chapter 12: Blood and Water)
Why nobody told me before that touching a glove could turn into the sexiest thing in the world? Why do we need explicit sex scene when we have another exciting way to meet sexiness?
What we find in this scene is, without kidding, one of the sexiest scenes I’ve ever read in my life. The way Will talks to Tessa, the way Tessa feels something and doesn’t really understand what it is, the way Will asks Tessa to give him her hand, the way he touch with his fingers her glove and how he pull the buttons off….. *swoon*
In this chapter we also know that Will have something really going on (¿Who the hell is Cecily?) and how he pushes Tessa away after…. THE KISS!! I mean, come on, wet Herondale laying on the floor, talking to you in a sexy voice and staring at you with those hypnotizing blue eyes, and then giving you your first kiss with this passion…. It leaves you trembling and hyperventilating at least
Why, The Infernal Devices has like the most intense Victorian characters I’ve read about, and kind of the coolest and laboured plot ever.
Did any of your favorite moments from The Infernal Devices make our Part 2 list? In case you missed it check out Part 1!