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Best closing lines

The Great Gatsby

by F Scott Fitzgerald

“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”


Ulysses

by James Joyce

“I was a Flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another… then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will Yes.”


Middlemarch

by George Eliot

“But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”


Heart of Darkness

by Joseph Conrad

“The offing was barred by a black bank of clouds, and the tranquil waterway leading to the uttermost ends of the earth flowed sombre under an overcast sky – seemed to lead into the heart of an immense darkness.”


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain

“But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she’s going to adopt me and sivilize me and I can’t stand it. I been there before.”


Speak Memory

by Vladimir Nabokov

”There, in front of us, where a broken row of houses stood between us and the harbour, and where the eye encountered all sorts of stratagems, such as pale-blue and pink underwear cakewalking on a clothesline ... it was most satisfying to make out among the jumbled angles of roofs and walls, a splendid ship’s funnel, showing from behind the clothesline as something in a scrambled picture – Find What the Sailor Has Hidden – that the finder cannot unsee once it has been seen.”


Catch-22

by Joseph Heller

“The knife came down, missing him by inches, and he took off.” Yossarian finally realises that Catch 22 does not exist, and because it does not exist it cannot be repealed.


To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

“Yes, she thought, laying down her brush in extreme fatigue, I have had my vision.”


Wuthering Heights

by Emily Brontë

“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 any one could ever imagine unquiet slumbers for the sleepers in that quiet earth.”


The Tale of Samuel Whiskers

by Beatrix Potter

“But Tom Kitten has always been afraid of a rat; he never durst face anything bigger than – A Mouse.”



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