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Wednesday, November 23, 2005

And They All Lived Happily Ever After

In the Arts Telegraph, novelist Philip Hensher talks of endings of works of fiction: from the End Ending to the Bored to the Plot-Resolving to the Ambiguous. (One likes this man's articles. He sifts. He sorts. He enlightens.) And here's how he ends:

"All-time favourite ending? Too many to choose among, but it might be hard to beat the end of The Code of the Woosters, with its drowsy confusion of quotation and happy oblivion, now that everything has been tidily sorted out: 'And presently the eyes closed, the muscles relaxed, the breathing became soft and regular, and sleep, which does something which has slipped my mind to the something sleeve of care, poured over me in a healing wave.' You'd sleep soundly after that, no doubt about it, whether you'd written it, or merely read it."


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