Endings of any sort are not always much fun. If you’ve ever had a breakup of a relationship then you will know what I am talking about. These kind of endings bring with them heartbreak, unless it is a breakup that you have instigated. Then, you might think of it as a good ending.

I am writing about the end of novels, stories or poetry and how you are left with some sense of mystery or place, dependant upon what has preceded it. However, naturally, read the preamble so that the ending makes some kind of sense to you

Don’t you just love the endings that leave you with a tasty morsel to encourage you to read on? In such a book as “Safe Haven” by Nicholas Sparks “Clem wandered up the stairs, sniffed him as he slept, and then paced in circles before finally curling up at the foot of his bed.” Aren’t you just wondering who, or what, Clem is? If you like one book by an author, you invariably follow this up with another. A sign of a good book is when you are desperate to read the next in the series. You read so avidly that you feel that you cannot put the book down until you get to the very end, and then you thump it down on your desk and say “Phew, I never saw that coming!” Obviously, quite a read.

There are the love stories that have the feel-good conclusion that radiates warmth and a wish that it would happen for you. But happy endings are usually within the pages of a book; hardly ever in real life. Here’s another from “The Last Song” by Nicholas Sparks. “She smiled, knowing he was telling the truth. ‘I love you, too, Will Blakelee,’ she whispered, leaning in to kiss him again.”

Rosalind in “As you Like it” by William Shakespeare says to conclude the drama “If I were a woman, I would kiss as many of you as had beards that pleased me, complexions that liked me, and breaths that I defied not; and, I am sure, as many as have good beards, or good faces, or sweet breaths, will, for my kind offer, when I make curtsy, bid me farewell.” But it is not farewell because an avid reader of Shakespeare, or a member of the audience, will not want it to be the end. They will soon be looking out for the next play.

Quoting from “Remember” by Christina Rossetti the final stanza “Better by far you should forget and smile / Than that you should remember and be sad.” This is a noted poem that could be quoted at a funeral; but even though there is sadness here on this ending, there also is hope.

Another kind of ending is when you are watching a particularly dramatic series on TV and you really don’t want it to end. Thinking of this, makes me dream of Poldark – once I am in the grip of a series, I don’t want it to end. I just want to come under the spell of Poldark himself and run alongside him and experience life through his eyes. Again, this is not real but even each episode ending leaves me a little sad and wondering what is going to happen next. If the whole series is left on a cliff-hanger then waiting for the next series to start where it left off is pretty daunting. I shall not quote from a Poldark story but leave it to you to go and investigate this wonderful series.

I shall, however, quote from another classic – a book that thrilled my young mind when I read it aged 13. From Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. “So grouped, the curtain falls upon Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Whether it ever rises again, depends upon the reception given to the first act of the domestic drama called LITTLE WOMEN.” Please, reader, go and catch this book if you have never had it in your hands before. Embrace those endings for they usually lead onto new beginnings.

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