Moving on from that random bonus post of yesterday... we reach our last Parts of the Novel installment. Good to see you back around! Today, we cover the last lines of novels, as opposed to the first part I did on first lines. Last lines aren't quite as pivotal as first lines in many ways, mainly the publication way, but they do matter because they are the last impression you leave with your reader, the last thing they have to hold on to. And if you've got a really great last line, you're going to have them thinking for a while.
Last lines also often relate to the title. A good last line leaves a punch to the story point, which should also be reflected in said title. Many last lines actually use the title as their final pronouncement. Others just reference the same idea.
So, after that first lines post, you probably know what's coming. Let's start with the best last lines of other people's works, and then I'll give you some of mine with some spoilers omitted. Keep in mind, editing/publishing means my lines may change!
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.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I make a list in my head of every act of goodness I've seen someone do. It's like a game. Repetitive. Even a little tedious after more than twenty years. But there are much worse games to play.
Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
But that is the beginning of a new story--the story of the gradual renewal of a man, the story of his gradual regeneration, of his passing from one world into another, of his initiation into a new unknown life.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
So sombre is it, and relieved only by one ever-glowing point of light gloomier than the shadow: on a black field, the red letter A.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The scar had not pained Harry for nineteen years. All was well.
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps it was only an echo.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
The new beginning had come, and, with everyone she loved by her side, it was her time to rise and make a true difference. It was her destiny.
THE ICE ENCHANTRESS'S PLOT
You never know where Time will take you.
THE LAST HOPE
Instead, they named him after the circumstances of his extraordinary birth. Franz, they called him, or freedom.
THE PSYCHIC STORY
The new heir of our world was coming.
Ms. Fwump’s enemy had returned.
ON THE DAWNING, from THE CHOSEN FOUR series
The helicopter thundered overhead, and together, the four flew out of the hospital and into a reality more daunting than anything they’d ever dreamed before.
ON THE BRINK, from THE CHOSEN FOUR series
In that moment, there was only one thought in her mind, one name on her lips. "Quinn!"
ON THE RUN, from THE CHOSEN FOUR series
In any case, after all they’d been through, nothing would surprise them. Nothing.
ON THE OUTSIDE, from THE CHOSEN FOUR series
And right then, everything was right in the world.
THE PROPHECY KEEPER
There was a recording studio waiting for me.
WHAT IT TAKES TO DEAL
It gleams, for just a moment, and I watch as the golden word appears briefly on the magical wall behind me, reflecting what the Sword sees inside of me. Merciful, it says.
Thanks for reading, and don't forget, next time is the survey roundup post! Ask me any question--fun, serious, crazy, whatever. Seriously, I want questions. All of the questions. Any of the questions. (Well, not the inappropriate ones. I trust you're smarter than that.) I'll use all your questions, and may add some of my own for the fun of it!.
I'm an unpublished novelist, primarily of YA fantasy, and a freelance editor. I love psychology, cats, social justice, and love! I'm also a huge fangirl. More than anything, stories are my life.
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