2 Memorable Book Endings

Then (1871-72) Middlemarch–ending and book conclusion:
“Her finely touched spirit had still its fine issues, though they were not widely visible. Her full nature, like that river of which Cyrus broke the strength, spent itself in channels which had no great name on the earth. But the effect of her being on those around her was incalculably diffusive: for the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill with you and me as they might have been, is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”

Now¬†(1997) Barney’s Version –the ending, (not the actual conclusion):
“Before his brain began to shrink, Barney Panofsky clung to two cherished beliefs: Life was absurd, and nobody ever truly understands anybody else. Not a comforting philosophy, and one I certainly don’t subscribe to.”

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