Two weeks ago I did a post on great first lines, today is part two: great closing lines.
Often readers don't make it to the last line, as they lose interest in the story somewhere along the way. If you are like me, you'll flip to the last page, or chapter, to find out how the story ends and based on what you read, decide whether it's worth your time to go back and read the rest. I know some of you find this act disturbing, but it allows me to have some closure in a story I might not have read all the way through, and often, that final scene, intrigues me enough to go back and plow through to the end.
Most authors understand that in our digital society, if the first few lines don't grab the reader, your book may not get read. But if you get them, and hold them to the end, it's the last line that causes that satisfied end of the book sigh as they close the book.
Below are a few closing lines, (in no particular order), from books I've enjoyed, as well as a few classics. Perhaps you also have a favorite closing line. Did I list it? Did I miss it? Either way, I'd love to hear your thoughts, in the comments section below, about books that made you sigh as you turned the last page.
"It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both." ~ Charlotte's Web, E.B. White
"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
" 'God's in his heaven, all’s right with the world,' whispered Anne softly." ~ Anne of Green Gables, Lucy Maud Montgomery
"And that is the very end of the adventure of the wardrobe. But if the Professor was right it was only the beginning of the adventures of Narnia." ~ The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
"Often, he stared at the stars all night until the dark finally gave way to dawn." The Tale of Despereaux, Kate DiCamillo
"The looked very much like a family. They felt like a family. They were a family." By the Great Horn Spoon, Sid Fleishcman