Monday, July 20, 2015

Ten Great Final Lines from Great Novels


10. Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody. (J.D. Salinger, THE CATCHER IN THE RYE)

9. Zembla, a distant northern land. (Vladimir Nabokov, PALE FIRE)

8. "Oh, Jake," Brett said, "we could have had such a damned good time together." Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me. "Yes," I said. "Isn't it pretty to think so?" (Ernest Hemingway, THE SUN ALSO RISES)

7. Through all the spring and summer-time, garlands of fresh flowers wreathed by infant hands rested upon the stone, and when the children came to change them lest they should wither and be pleasant to him no longer, their eyes filled with tears, and they spoke low and softly of their poor dead cousin. (Charles Dickens, THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF NICHOLAS NICKLEBY)

6. However passionate, sinful, or rebellious the heart hidden in the tomb, the flowers growing over it peep at us serenely with their innocent eyes; they tell us not only of eternal peace, of that great peace of "indifferent" nature; they tell us also of eternal reconciliation and of life without end. (Ivan Turgenev, FATHERS AND SONS)

5. One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, "Poo-tee-weet?" (Kurt Vonnegut, SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE)

4. ... in the world according to Garp, we are all terminal cases. (John Irving, THE WORLD ACCORDING TO GARP)

3. So he kissed her, always matter-of-fact, so as not to frighten her, and went on his way. And on the way home, she met her brothers, and there was a rough-and-tumble, and the lovely crown was broken, and she forgot the message, which was never delivered. (A. S. Byatt, POSSESSION)

2. He loved Big Brother. (George Orwell, 1984)

1. Life, what is it but a dream? (Lewis Carroll, THROUGH THE LOOKING-GLASS)