It's said that the beginning paragraph of a book has to be extra memorable and evocative, because you want to draw the reader into the tale. It is also as important to make the last words some sort of super summation.
Here is an assortment of the last words to great books. [DE]
JOSEF K (THE TRIAL)
Author: Frank Kafka
CATHERINE BARKLEY (A FAREWELL TO ARMS)
Author: Ernest Hemingway
“Don’t worry, darling. I’m not a bit afraid. It’s just a dirty trick.”
CAPTAIN FLINT (TREASURE ISLAND)
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
“Fetch aft the rum, Darby.”
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LAST WORDS IN LITERATURE
If you knew you were about to meet your maker you’d try and make your last words before you shifted off this mortal coil pretty darn special, eh?
Literary characters are no different.