And the child, gazing at me with dark-lashed eyes, laughed.

    — Lynn Cullen, from Mrs. Poe

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[She didn’t look back when he spoke again.] “You don’t, Kestrel, even though the god of lies loves you.”

    — Marie Rutkoski, from The Winner’s Curse

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I would always feel closest to the man who had disappointed me.


Sherman Alexie, from “War Dances” in Great Short Stories by Contemporary Native American Writers 

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With him, Zadi and Dagan ahead of them, they walked amongst their people.

    — Bridie Blake, from The Jewel of Kamara

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May God forgive me for this and all these things I’ve done.

    — Gabrielle Zevin, from All These Things I’ve Done

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Final sentences:

"[Outside the tent the hyena made the same strange noise that had awakened her.] But she did not hear him for the beating of her heart." 
— from “The Snows of Kilimanjaro

"In the early morning on the lake sitting on the stern of the boat with his father rowing, he felt quite sure that he would never die." 
— from “Indian Camp

"He wrote on a while longer now and there was no sign that any of it would ever cease returning to him intact." 
— from The Garden of Eden

"After a while I went out and left the hospital and walked back to the hotel in the rain." 
— from A Farewell to Arms

[“I feel fine,” she said. “There’s nothing wrong with me.] I feel fine.” 
— from Hills Like White Elephants

"He could feel his heart beating against the pine needle floor of the forest." 
— from For Whom the Bell Tolls

[“Oh, Jake,” Brett said, “we could have had such a damned good time together.”
Ahead was a mounted policeman in khaki directing traffic. He raised his baton. The car slowed suddenly pressing Brett against me.
“Yes,” I said.] “Isn’t it pretty to think so?”
— from The Sun Also Rises

"But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy."
— from A Moveable Feast

"The old man was dreaming about the lions."
— from The Old Man and the Sea

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