So I'm wondering what your favorite fight scene is, and why. It can be from a novel, short story, novella, whatever, but something written, no TV shows or movies. Copy/Paste it or type it if you can, or link to it if it exists somewhere online. Failing that, just tell me about it, where it came from, and why you like it so much. What makes a good fight scene. Now, it can be a fight or just some other scene of violence, such as the torture scene in Casino Royale.
Mine is from William Faulkner's "Barn Burning". Here's the scene:
'His father turned, and he followed the stiff black coat, the wiry figure walking a little stiffly from where a Confederate provost's man's musket ball had taken him in the heel on a stolen horse thirty years ago, followed the two backs now, since his older brother had appeared from somewhere in the crowd, no taller than the father but thicker, chewing tobacco steadily, between the two lines of grim-faced men and out of the store and across the worn gallery and down the sagging steps and among the dogs and half-grown boys in the mild May dust, where as he passed a voice hissed:
Again he could not see, whirling; there was a face in a red haze, moonlike, bigger than the full moon, the owner of it half again his size, he leaping in the red haze toward the face, feeling no blow, feeling no shock when his head struck the earth, scrabbling up and leaping again, feeling no blow this time either and tasting no blood, scrabbling up to see the other boy in full flight and himself already leaping into pursuit as his father's hand jerked him back, the harsh, cold voice speaking above him: "Go get in the wagon."'
I like this scene because as you're reading along, a fight takes place and it's done with before you even realize what happened. Faulkner's the best at sneaking in action on you without you expecting it or even realizing it, and the fight is over fast, which, at least in the context of this story, is realistic.
So what's the best fight scene ever?