The last lines of a novel are often the most powerful. After you have read several hundred pages, fought off dragons and Dark Lords, witnessed deaths and breakups and excitement and tragedy, the last few words of a story are often what stay with you. I started this feature to highlight some of my favourite last lines and to share them with you, my fellow readers and lovers of words. All of the ones that I am going to feature have impacted me in some way, whether they simply caused me to burst into tears, or they hold a much deeper meaning. I promise there will be no plot-related spoilers! I hope you all enjoy this new feature of mine, and that you’ll take the time to share some of your Famous Last Words with me.
“All was well.”
Why are these last words important to me? Because Harry and the gang have been through so much over the course of the seven book series. They’ve loved and lost so many people, gone through things that I can barely even comprehend. The Harry Potter series is full of fantastic quotes and themes and messages, and it is and always will be my favourite. I love this last line because – finally – they have peace.
“The rest you have to find out for yourself.”
Why are these last words important to me? If I go into too much detail I will spoil the ending for you, but I love this line because life is about adventure and discovery and growing up. You never stop growing as a person, and you never stop changing. You’re always able to discover new things, whether you’re six or seventy six, and, really, it’s all about the journey.
“He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked up in the morning.”
Why are these last words important to me? Atticus.