Famous last words

And Carlson said, “Now what the hell ya suppose is eatin’ them two guys?”

(John Steinbeck – Of mice and men


The ending of a good book is like the ending of an era, you’re leaving friends behind and that can be hard. The last words can give some closure or be super frustrating.

The beauty of this sentence is the coldness that radiates of it. George just shot his best friend, but Carlson and co only see Lenny as an unavoidable addition who did something bad. It shows how hard life was, not just for surviving but there wasn’t much space for feelings and empathy.

Inspired by ‘the unemployed philosophers guild‘, I’m starting a new series focussed on the last line of a book. So I’ll be sharing my favorite last line and explain a bit why I like them. 

What’s your favorite line?