Endings That Shift Lenses
Really this series, Rebecca! It’s making me rethink the ending of my WIP.
I was old enough to have seen all of the initial Newhart, and though I watched the second series sporadically, did tune in to the finale. One of the most brilliant moments in television. (The use of "it was all a dream" to justify a new season on Dallas, in which the popular Bobby could return after having been killed, was a bit more tortured, and then I think it became a hackneyed device and I can't think of a time I've seen it again.) In literature, I tend to remember the endings in which someone is getting on a boat or a train, or off of one, signaling the physical break from the action of the book, or a new beginning for a character. The reader gets to imagine an entire sequel from what the destination evokes. I really like train stations. The end of "Les Jeux Interdits" has one of the most heartwrenching, when the little girl runs through a crowd at the platform, crying out to find "Michel," the boy who has been like a temporary mother to him.