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City of Bones

City of Bones


by Cassandra Clare

City of Bones Chapter 17 Summary

How It All Goes Down

The Midnight Flower

  • Jace and Clary bond over cheese sandwiches and apples.
  • Sorry we can't provide you with a picnic lunch, but if you pop over to Jace's character page for a bit, you can learn the secrets he shared with Clary.
  • Not only does Jace give Clary a rock (not a diamond, but a witchlight stone, which is a rock that glows), he also gives her quite a kiss.
  • They've been eating apples, so Jace tastes of the sweet, classically forbidden fruit.
  • He escorts her back to her room, giving her another goodbye kiss at the threshold.
  • At that moment, Simon opens the door and catches them in the act.
  • Surprise, surprise, this causes all sorts of jealous tensions to flare up and ignite.
  • As the fires simmer down, Simon tells Clary, "I've been in love with you for ten years" (17.130).
  • Then, just to drive his heartbreak home, he tells her "[Your mom] said you'd break my heart" (17.135).
  • Clary throws herself a little pity party that night. She feels that she's being punished for her selfishness.
  • She turns to her sketchbook to relieve her stress.
  • As her mind races, she idly scribbles some runes into the corner of one of her drawings.
  • The magic in the runes brings the drawing to life and gives Clary an idea.

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