Sunday, November 6, 2011

Famous Last Lines

There’s something about the last line of a novel. Something fascinating and bittersweet. And if that novel is a classic one, it’s even better. So here are fifteen of my favorite last lines from classic literature. Inspiring, poetic, and well written; I hope they’ll inspire you as you begin your writing week!

Fifteen Famous Last Lines from Classic Literature (in no particular order).

1. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. –F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

2. The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off. –Joseph Heller, Catch-22
3. But, in spite of these deficiencies, the wishes, the hopes, the confidence, the predictions of the small band of true friends who witnessed the ceremony, were fully answered in the perfect happiness of the union. –Jane Austen, Emma
4. I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath, and hare-bells; listened to the soft wind breathing through the grass; and wondered how anyone could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth. –Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights

5. And so, as Tiny Tim observed, God bless Us, Every One! –Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
6. Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past. –Willa Cather, My Ántonia
7. He knelt by the bed and bent over her, draining their last moment to its lees; and in the silence there passed between them the word which made all clear. –Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
8. After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain. –Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
9. “We shall never be again as we were!” –Henry James, The Wings of the Dove
10. “Tomorrow, I’ll think of some way to get him back. After all, tomorrow is another day.” –Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
11. With the Gardiners, they were always on the most intimate terms. Darcy, as well as Elizabeth, really loved them; and they were both ever sensible of the warmest gratitude towards the persons who, by bringing her into Derbyshire, had been the means of uniting them." -- Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
12. "Go hence, to have more talk of these sad things;
        Some shall be pardoned, and some punished;
        For never was a story of more woe
       Than this of Juliet and her Romeo."
                                --William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

13. I took her hand in mine, and we went out of the ruined place; and, as the morning mists had risen long ago when I first left the forge, so, the evening mists were rising now, and in all the broad expanse of tranquil light they showed to me, I saw no shadow of another parting from her. Charles Dickens, Great Expectations

14. In their death they were not divided. George Elliot, The Mill on the Floss

15. At that, as if it had been the signal he waited for, Newland Archer got up slowly and walked back alone to his hotel. Edith Wharton, The Age of Innocence

Happy Writing,

Your Turn- What is your favorite last line in classic literature? They were not divided. George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

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1 comment :

karenk said...

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