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Posted By: Jim Dixon
10-Apr-11 - 12:12 AM
Thread Name: BS: Books - Best closing lines ever
Subject: RE: BS: Books - Best closing lines ever
Actually, I think you're thinking of the short story "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge" by Ambrose Bierce. And of course by saying this, we're spoiling what is supposed to be a surprise ending.

The actual last line of that story is:

"Peyton Farquhar was dead; his body, with a broken neck, swung gently from side to side beneath the timbers of the Owl Creek bridge."

"And then I died" isn't quite a fair paraphrase because it isn't a first-person narrative.

I think it was made into an episode of The Twilight Zone.