Lestat de Lioncourt: An old vampire, he is the narrator of "The Vampire Lestat".
“History is a litany of injustice, no one denies it. But when has a simple solution ever been anything but evil? Only in complexity do we find answers. Through complexity men struggle towards fairness; it is slow and clumsy, but it's the only way. Simplicity demands too great a sacrifice. It always has.”
Lestat de Lioncourt: He is the main character of the story, in which the Devil himself asks him for help.
“The piano played Satie ever so softly. Life was almost worth living, even for a son of a bitch of a monster like myself.”
“Her television appeal is peculiar. She talks theology with gripping common sense, you know, the kind of televangelist that just might make it all work. Don’t we all fear that someone like that will come along?”
“Sometimes I think I get my money out of everything! There’s no way to cheat a sensualist like me, somebody who can die laughing for hours over the pattern of the carpet in a hotel lobby.”
“This is madness. Maybe that’s what Hell is. You go mad. And all your demons come and get you just as fast as you can think them up.”
“It was the hunger. It was giving him that dull look, like a dog who had caught the scent of the bitch in heat. We all get that look, the bestial look, but we are nothing as good as bestial, are we? Any of us.”
Lestat de Lioncourt: An extremely powerful, 200-year-old vampire. A huge troublemaker, and constantly dissatisfied and troubled with his life of immortality.
“So we reach into the raging chaos, and we pluck some small glittering thing, and we cling to it, and tell ourselves it has meaning, and that the world is good, and we are not evil, and we will all go home in the end.”
“Then came the marvelous realization that I was indeed rising, a spirit form, weightless and free, my manly shape still visible to me with its arms and legs, stretching out just below the white ceiling, so that I did indeed look down and see the astounding spectacle of my own body seated still in the chair. Oh, what a glorious feeling, as if I could go anywhere in an instant! As if I had no need of the body, and my link to it had been a deception from the moment of birth.”
“Claudia, listen to me. I didn't begin it. I didn't make the world! It was always there, this evil. It was in the shadows, and it caught me, and made me part of it, and I did what I felt I must. Don't laugh at me, please, don't turn your head away. I didn't make evil! I didn't make myself!”
“I am not time's fool, nor a god hardened by the millennia; I am not the trickster in the black cape, nor the sorrowful wanderer. I have a conscience. I know right from wrong. I know what I do, and yes, I do it. I am the Vampire Lestat.”
“I don't think that it was union. On the contrary, it seemed the most violent of separations: two contrary beings flung at each other in heat and clumsiness, in trust and in menace, the feelings of each unknowable and unfathomable to the other--its sweetness terrible as its brevity; its loneliness hurtful as its undeniable fire.”
“I'll tell you, but you'll never understand. You're on the wrong side of the dark glass. Only the dead know how terrible it is to be alive.”
“And it seemed suddenly that my loneliness and my misery were as terrible as they had ever been before this experiment, before this little sojourn into more vulnerable flesh. Yes, let me be outside it again, please. Let me be a watcher. How could I have been such a fool?”
“And my dark soul is happy again, because it does not know how to be anything else for very long, and because the pain is a deep dark sea in which I would drown if I did not sail my little craft steadily over the surface, steadily towards the sun which will never rise.”
“And in my heart of hearts I was so very glad that he had come. Sometimes love and hate serve exactly the same purpose.”
“Keep your vigil, little candle, in darkness and in sunshine. Yes, for me.”
Lestat de Lioncourt: Although Louis is the main focus of the first book, Interview With a Vampire, Lestat de Lioncourt is by far the star of these books.Lestat was born on November 7, 1760 to a poor aristocrat in France. He hated his father and brothers, but loved his mother dearly. After almost joining a monastery, he travels to Paris to become actors with his friend (lover?) where he is made into a vampire by Magnus, who then commits suicide before giving Lestat any direction.Lestat is also known as the Brat Prince. He is bold and conceited, but often fights with his own morality.
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