Endings, from Literary Trivia by Richard Lederer and Michael Gilleland:
“L-d, said my mother, what is all this story about? –A COCK and a BULL, said Yorick–And one of the best kind I ever heard” is the ending of Laurence Sterne’s Tristram Shandy.
Can you identify the titles from the endings that appear below?
1. “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.”
2. “After all, tomorrow is another day.”
3. “So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”
4. “Villains! I shrieked, dissemble no more! I admit the deed!–tear up the planks!–here! here!–it is the beating of his hideous heart!”
6. “Don’t ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
7. “It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I got to, than I have ever known.”
8. “Who knows but that, on lower frequencies, I speak for you.”
9. “So I awoke, and behold, it was a dream.”
10. “I lingered round them, under that benign sky; watched the moths fluttering among the heath and harebells; 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.”
11. “That might be the subject of a new story–but our present story is ended.”
13. “There were three thousand six hundred and fifty-three days like this in his sentence, from reveille to lights out. The three extra ones were because of the leap years.”
14. “There is more day to dawn. The sun is but a morning star.”
15. “Nowadays the world is lit by lightning! Blow out your candles, Laura–and so goodbye…”