How it begins: One evening of late summer, before the nineteenth century had reached one-third of its span, a young man and woman, the latter carrying a child, were approaching the large village of Weydon-Priors, in Upper Wessex, on foot.Thomas Hardy's THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE
How it ends: And in being forced to class herself among the fortunate, she did not cease to wonder at the persistence of the unforeseen, when the one to whom such unbroken tranquility had been accorded in the adult stage was she, whose youth had seemed to teach that happiness was but the occasional episode in a general drama of pain.
How it begins: He was an old man who fished alone in a skiff in the Gulf Stream and he had gone eighty-four days now without taking a fish.
ERNEST HEMINGWAY'S The Old Man and The Sea
How it ends: The old man was dreaming about the lions.
TO BE CONTINUED...