Study Guide

City of Bones Duty

By Cassandra Clare

Duty

Chapter 7

"The Law is hard, but it is the Law." (7.99)

And Jace and the other Shadowhunters must adhere to it. No questions asked.

Chapter 8
Jace Wayland

"My oath to the Covenant binds me," [Jace] said. "No such oath binds you." (8.60)

Here, Jace is telling Clary that she can tell Simon all about the Clave, etc., because she isn't forbidden to do so. We have a feeling that Jace wouldn't tell Simon anything even if he had a gun pointed at his head. There are some rules you just don't break.

Chapter 10

Even in death, the Clave serves the cause. (10.317)

Boy, talk about commitment. We hope they at least offer good health benefits. And a little life insurance to kick over to the loved ones.

"I thought the Clave was pledged to protect people." (10.83)

Sure, that pledge sounds a lot like a law, designed to get the Shadowhunters to do their duty. But things get grayer when you consider the fact that who falls into the category of "people" is debatable.

Jace Wayland

"Only people with no purpose are unhappy. I've got a purpose." (10.260)

We wonder if Jace is trying to convince himself that he's happy here. After all, his purpose is little more than a supernatural assassin, which sounds like it might be more than stressful and less than fulfilling.

Chapter 16

"[Jace] thinks he has to save the world; he'd be glad to kill himself trying." (16.34)

Would Jace take any job this seriously? Like, if he worked at Burger King would he kill himself trying to get you your Whopper your way?

Chapter 19

"It's their job, Clary," [Simon] said gently. "Fighting demons--it's what they do. Not what you do." (19.104)

Having a duty gives the Shadowhunters a purpose, and Clary feels lost without a purpose of her own. No wonder she jumps on their bandwagon so quickly. And wanting to get her mother back didn't hurt the cause either.

Jace Wayland

"I may not believe in sin," [Jace] said, "but I do feel guilt. We Shadowhunters live by a code, and that code isn't flexible: Honor, fault, penance, those are real to us, and they have nothing to do with religion and everything to do with who we are. This is who I am, Clary." (19.122)

Jace's job defines him. Talk about a workaholic.

Chapter 22
Luke Garroway

"Faithful unto death." (22.89)

Here, Luke is translating the NYPD motto, Fidelis ad Mortem, for Clary. It echoes the Shadowhunter motto, don't you think?

Chapter 23

The neck of [Valentine's] shirt gaped open a little, showing his scarred collarbones. Scarred, like his son's, like all Nephilim. A life of scars and killing, Hodge had said. (23.18)

If the Shadowhunters had recruitment posters, "A life of scars and killing" probably wouldn't be their tagline of choice. It's nowhere near as catchy as "Be All You Can Be."