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May 08, 2004

Happily Ever After. . .

From WorldMagBlog:

Here's a Saturday afternoon contest. . . "What's your favorite ending to a book?" Best conclusions will receive blog laud and honor.

I like this idea. I'll have to think about it, though.


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He who testifies to these things says, "Yes, I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God's people. Amen.

Posted by: Eric at May 8, 2004 11:18 PM

I don't dare write what I was thinking... Not following THAT one.

Posted by: Carol at May 9, 2004 01:58 AM

This morning we hit the HUGE library book sale - where I picked up some great kids classics for T3's growing collection. Spent a whopping total of $2.25. And finally have some I've wanted for awhile now! WE started reading Wind in the Willows a few days ago - our second read aloud 'more words than picture' book. I must say it is a doozy! Good times!

Posted by: inAZ at May 9, 2004 05:34 AM

Yeah, Carol, can't quite beat Eric's. . .

Hey, inAZ! *grin* How does T like WitW? I've never read it (to myself or the boys.) We're in the middle of "Voyage of the Dawn Treader." The boys loved their goodies you sent. *g* And I've only eaten a few of their chocolate kisses.

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 9, 2004 11:17 PM

We are in the middle of reading Anne of Ingleside aloud. The boys always want "more". I don't think I have ever read enough for them - ever! Well, I guess they want to stop if "Survivor" is coming on. The last show starts in a few minutes...

Posted by: Carol at May 10, 2004 12:51 AM

Thayer really like Wind, more than My father's dragon, although I've found her attention span to max out around the 4th page ... It's a great read though! I'm diggin it. She wasn't interested in it last night though when she woke up with a fever - so we started the wizard of OZ. lalala. Give the boys hugs!

Posted by: inAZ at May 10, 2004 03:11 AM

We read the Wizard of Oz this winter. My five year old, in particular, thought it was great.

Hope your little one feels good today.

Posted by: Carol at May 10, 2004 01:49 PM

Hey, folks...I didn't mean to put a damper on this thread! ;-)

However, I can't recall any [other] book endings that just really stand out. In fact, more often than not book endings don't seem to carry their own weight. The action during the book may be riveting, but the ending is rarely a surprise and is often a disappointment.

Short story endings are another matter, however... as that form of story-telling is really geared to setting up the ending, and it's the ending that makes or breaks it. Pick anything by William S. Porter ("O. Henry"), for example.

Posted by: Eric at May 10, 2004 10:48 PM

I can't settle on just one, so here's a couple. They won't top Eric's, but they are great nonetheless.

"He turned out the light and went into Jem's room. He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning."

"But Sam turned to Bywater, and so came back up to the Hill, as day was ending once more. And he went on, and there was yellow light, and fire within; and the evening meal was ready, and he was expected. And Rose drew him in, adn set him in his chair, and put little Elanor upon his lap. He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said."

Posted by: Lee Anne Millinger at May 11, 2004 01:16 AM

"The Proctor, stumping grimly past with averted eyes, reflected that Oxford was losing all sense of dignity. But what could he do? If Senior Members of the University chose to stand - in their gowns, too - closely and passionately embracing in New College Lane right under the Warden's windows, he was powerless to prevent it. He primly settled his white bands and went upon his walk unheeded; and no hand plucked his velvet sleeve."

Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers

Of course, you have to have read all the preceding books for that to be a particularly exciting ending!

Posted by: Kelly at May 11, 2004 02:48 AM

Two more favorites:

"So they went off together, but wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the Forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing."

"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."

Posted by: Kelly at May 11, 2004 02:52 AM

Lee Anne, I can't place the one with Jem?

Kelly, very good! *blush* to be honest, I've only read a few of Dorothy Sayer's short stories. You keep recommending her, though. I'll have to have Hubby find some. . .

Posted by: TulipGirl at May 11, 2004 05:52 AM

The one with Jem is "To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee.

Posted by: Lee Anne Millinger at May 11, 2004 09:12 PM

Of course, I cannot top the ending of Revelation, the end of the Bible. But if you venture into fiction, I have this:

Today is not much different from all the other days. I get up at dawn, put on slacks and a sweater, brush my hair, make toast, and tea and sit looking at the lake, wondering if he will come today. It's not much different from the many other times he was gone, and I waited, except that this time I have instructions: this time I know Henry will come, eventually. I sometimes wonder if this readiness, this expectation, prevents the miracle from happening. But I have no choice. He is coming, and I am here.

from The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

Posted by: AutMom at May 13, 2004 07:13 AM

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