...the end (warning: possible spoilers!)
- 1. He turned to the front page to see if there was any interesting news.
- 2. But now the hour is late, and all of that is another tale, for another day.
- 3. He drew a deep breath. 'Well, I'm back,' he said. (The Return of the King or The Lord of the Rings identified by ender22d)
- 4. I believe that they are waiting there for me, and something tells me that I shall soon know.
- 5. For the first time they had done something out of love.
- 6. "I'm coming, Fatima," he said.
- 7. I mean later on I can go fishing with Albino Maria and they'll come in really handy then, these flies I'm catching now.
- 8. My fingers felt the strings and strummed a melody, and I heard the words of my song fill the bus and flow out the open window and across the awakening desert.
- 9. He loved Big Brother. (1984 identified by timepiec)
- 10. He could feel his heart beating against the pine needle floor of the forest.
- 11. Straightening, he touched his hand to his forehead and began his prayer again.
- 12. "I've done you before, haven't I?" it said. (Life, the Universe, and Everything identified by timepiec)
- 13. He does not know, for no one can, of my infinite penitence and sickness of the heart. (short story)
- 14. They might have jumped into the boat, but the traveler pulled up a heavy, knotted rope from the floor and threatened them with it, thereby preventing them from jumping in. (short story)
- 15. Still singing loudly, not looking back, matching stride for stride, they descended into the valley. (contributed by bertie).
In the spirit of the "Great Opening Lines" list, these lines are from the end of stories. Some of these might be obscure, I guess reflecting my tastes.
I also wonder what is easier to identify, the first or last line of a book. Which, in some sense, is more defining of a tale? Is a strong opening line more memorable, or the final sentence?
Lastly, please feel free to suggest other lines.