Once Upon a Time...Happily Ever After. This is probably the best known
Beginning and Ending sentence pair in literary fiction. Here is a collection
of more beginning and ending sentence pairs, starting with the ALL TIME
classic from Charles Dickens.
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it
is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."
- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
"Every nuance and quirk of personality achieved greater brilliance in
that lush enclosure than would have been possible anywhere else in the
- John Berendt, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
- Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca
"The baby tide had come in, leaving her barren beach of a body stewn
with one perfect baby shell. Cora put her ear to it and heard her whole
- Carrie Fisher, Delusions of Grandma
More literary sounds located in the Sound Library.
"I vow never to return."
- John Grisham, The Rainmaker
"'Yes, Parn,' I said, again stepping on the gas, and as we fled down
the steep hill the soaring words of William Blake came surging back to
me, so Saxonly muscular and bleeding: 'The pure soul shall mount on native
wings, disdaining little sport, and cut a path into the heaven of glory,
leaving a track of light for men to wonder at.'"
- Robert Travers, Anatomy of a Murder
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