To know me is to know that I love a great read – these are my favourite book endings:
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
“And as I sat there brooding on the old, unknown world, I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this blue lawn and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it. He did not know that it was already behind him, somewhere back in that vast obscurity beyond the city, where the dark fields of the republic rolled on under the night.
Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther. . . . And one fine morning–
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
The Great Gatsby, F.Scott Fitzerald
“When they finally did dare it, at first with stolen glances then candid ones, they had to smile. They were uncommonly proud. For the first time they had done something out of Love.”
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer, Patrick Süskind
“I find I am excited, so excited I can hardly hold the pencil in my trembling hand. I think it is the excitement that only a free man can feel, a free man starting a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain.
I hope Andy is down there.
I hope I can make it across the border.
I hope to see my friend and shake his hand.
I hope the Pacific is as blue as it has been in my dreams.
Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, Stephen King
I couldn’t finish this without mentioning my two all time favourite books. Although the following lines are not the last lines written in each book, they are in the last paragraphs.
“Reader, I married him.”
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
“I don’t want sunbursts and marble halls. I just want YOU. You see I’m quite as shameless as Phil about it. Sunbursts and marble halls may be very well, but there is more ‘scope for imagination’ without them.”
Anne of the Island, Lucy Maud Montgomery
That is exactly why I love these endings… for they provide so much ‘scope for imagination.’