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Adventures of Lehman

"Famous Last Lines" [by David Lehman]

All About Evefrom The American Scholar, today's "Talking Pictures" post features a quiz -- with clues and answers -- having to do with memorable conclusions of movies. For extra credit, who in the picture on the left, is the blonde situated between Anne Baxter and Bette Davis?:

Nearly all classic movies end on a note of exceptional pathos, irony, or humor.  Take “there’s no place like home,” “tomorrow is another day,” and “nobody’s perfect,” which perfectly match the movies they conclude: The Wizard of Oz, Gone with the Wind, and Some Like It Hot. The first of these concluding lines states the moral of Dorothy’s story, the second sums up the indomitable character of Scarlett O’Hara, and the third is the perfect punchline for a joke that’s gone as far as it could go.

Below is a list of 10 other terrific last lines. Test your knowledge using only the hints provided below—then read on for the answers and explanations.

1. “Hello, America, hang on to your lights; they’re the only lights in the world.”

Hint: Windmills.

2. Miss Harrington knows all about it.”

Hint: The drama critic can help make it happen.

3. Always the same. People come. People go. Nothing ever happens.”

Hint: Revolving door. >>>

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman

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