Monday, December 28, 2015

The Classics - CLOSING LINES: A Tale of Two Cites by Charles Dickens

(1859 version)



"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."

(Published 1859)










I love the classics and plan to alternately share some "CLOSING lines" over the coming months. Comment if you wish, or read for inspiration. Writing styles were different then, or were they really?
 

23 comments:

  1. I think writing styles really were different. In many cases, our loss. I wonder how many books of today will be the classics of tomorrow.

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    1. I have wondered the same. I read slower when I read the older classics. Why is that? Is it because the language is verbose and excessive? The setting that's beautifully described with characters I will never forget? What makes a classic so memorable?

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  2. I remember having to read this book in high school. Definitely a classic closing line, for sure!

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    1. I have a very "old" version I treasure :)

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  3. A lovely quote. Thanks for the memories. Looking forward to more. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

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    1. You're welcome. Thanks for visiting, Beverly!

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  4. This almost always brings a tear to my eye. It is a great book. I always hear Ronald Colman's voice when i read this line

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    1. Hi Birgit. I wonder if Hollywood has thought to update the film version. It would be as powerful as Les Miserables.

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    2. Gosh it would be and Hugh Jackman would be great in it.

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  5. A wonderful story Thanks for reminding us,
    Yvonne.

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  6. Thanks Sharon - such depth in those words!

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    1. I wonder how many drafts Dickens went through searching for the right words.

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  7. You'll be sharing all the lines we were so happy to read when we were in school because it meant we were finished with the school reading assignment!

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    1. Ha-ha. I never appreciated reading the classics in high school either. We could never read for enjoyment. I spent the time looking for answers to a set of questions. I'm glad I had a chance to read some at a more leisurely pace later!!

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  8. That's a great idea, Sharon.
    And the one you quoted....classic.

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  9. I think I read it in high school, but I don't remember it. I really enjoy his A Christmas Carol.
    Happy New Year!

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    1. Almost picked A Christmas Carol. Maybe next year if I can keep this going. Thanks, Alex!

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  10. Counting down to the New Year, hope 2016 is your best yet:)

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    1. It's always exciting to start the new year. Hope it's your best yet too!

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