Category Archives: Novel endings

A collection of the endings of novels. Visitors are invited to guess the author / work.

A nice ending for a novel

And so they stood there hand in hand watching the waters of the river flow by until they got bored and left. – James Steerforth Author’s note Novelists usually attempt to wrap up the novel with an ending that packs … Continue reading

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Ending 24 – from an Italian novel published in 1827

Before the first year of their marriage was completed a beautiful little creature came to light; and, as if it had been made on purpose to give Renzo an early opportunity of fulfilling that magnanimous promise of his, it was … Continue reading

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Ending 23 – from a Russian novel published in 1938

The novel ending this time is not to be guessed at. It is a giveaway for the reason that the word at One Single Impression this week is ‘laughter’ – which made me think of light laughter (the kind everyone … Continue reading

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Ending 22 – from a British novel published in 1722

It must be observed that when the old wretch my brother (husband) was dead, I then freely gave my husband an account of all that affair, and of this cousin, as I had called him before, being my own son … Continue reading

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Ending 19 – from an American novel published in 1937

A photo of the author of this novel. Then she began to bark also, crawling after him – barking in a fit of laughter, obscene and touching. Crouching, the dog began to run with her, head-on with her head, as … Continue reading

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Ending 21 – from a British novel published in 1766

Choosing the Wedding Gown, a contemporary illustration for this novel by William Mulready Soon after this we were called to a very genteel entertainment, which was drest by Mr Thornhill’s cook. And it may not be improper to observe with … Continue reading

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Ending 20 – from a British novel published in 1891

The prospect from this summit was almost unlimited. In the valley beneath lay the city they had just left, its more prominent buildings showing as in an isometric drawing — among them the broad cathedral tower, with its Norman windows … Continue reading

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Ending 18 – from a British novel published in 1740

Oil painting by Joseph Highmore, 1744 (Tate Gallery, London), which illustrates a scene from this novel From her signal veracity, which she never forfeited, in all the hardships she was tried with, though her answers, as she had reason to … Continue reading

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Ending 17 – from an American novel published in 1922

The author’s wife, ca. 1918 “Probably….” But the man in the plaid cap was quite wrong. Anthony Patch, sitting near the rail and looking out at the sea, was not thinking of his money, for he had seldom in his … Continue reading

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Ending 16 – from a Russian novel published in 1873-1877

Vivien Leigh in the 1947 film based on this novel “Oh, you haven’t gone in then?” he heard Kitty’s voice all at once, as she came by the same way to the drawing-room. “What is it? you’re not worried about … Continue reading

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Ending 15 – from a German novel published in 1774

Goethe in the Roman Campagna (1786) Oil painting by Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein From the blood which flowed from the chair, it could be inferred that he had committed the rash act sitting at his bureau, and that he afterward … Continue reading

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Ending 14 – from a British novel published in 1920

The author of this novel with his wife ‘Did you need Gerald?’ she asked one evening. ‘Yes,’ he said. ‘Aren’t I enough for you?’ she asked. ‘No,’ he said. ‘You are enough for me, as far as a woman is … Continue reading

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Ending 13 – from a British novel published in 1847

 He, too, has declined to see his mother, to whom he makes a liberal allowance; and who, besides, appears to be very wealthy. The Baronet lives entirely at Queen’s Crawley, with Lady Jane and her daughter; whilst Rebecca, Lady Crawley, … Continue reading

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Ending 12 – from a British novel published in 1811

Willoughby could not hear of her marriage without a pang; and his punishment was soon afterwards complete in the voluntary forgiveness of Mrs. Smith, who, by stating his marriage with a woman of character, as the source of her clemency, … Continue reading

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Ending 11 – from an American novel published in 1939

What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by … Continue reading

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Ending 10 – from a Russian novel published in 1866

He thought of her. He remembered how continually he had tormented her and wounded her heart. He remembered her pale and thin little face. But these recollections scarcely troubled him now; he knew with what infinite love he would now … Continue reading

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Ending 9 – from an American novel published in 1926

Down-stairs we came out through the first-floor dining-room to the street. A waiter went for a taxi. It was hot and bright. Up the street was a little square with trees and grass where there were taxis parked. A taxi … Continue reading

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Ending 8 – from an American novel published in 1978

Dark equals White. What a dunce he had been with all his tomfoolery, his jovian disputes. It had been clear from the beginning. Yet wait. White had appeared very late in the game. There had been intimations. The quarrels. The … Continue reading

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Ending 7 – from a British novel published in 1975

Photo of the author as an additional hint “You sound very cold about it. Perhaps you don’t care much what I do.” “Perhaps not. That’s your way home, this is mine.” “I’m coming with you.” “I hope you’ll invite me … Continue reading

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On a roll

Sort of hung over from late work last night, woke up with thoughts spinning and could not go back to sleep even though it would have been good for my shot eyes. Having all the novel endings posted to date … Continue reading

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