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Old 10-11-2012, 11:41 PM   #31
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I could think of several more but I was trying to limit it to things that would also interest her boyfriend.
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Old 10-12-2012, 08:42 PM   #32
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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Lilith, a romance by George MacDonald
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I have never heard of Lilith. It sounds great! Thanks!
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:44 AM   #34
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Well it would depend on what's your definition of "Happy Ending". For example I would recommend "Gone with the wind" because of its ending seems happy enough for me.

Otherwise, I suggest reading "Robinson Crusoe".
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:34 AM   #35
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All of Dickens's novels have happy endings (with the arguable exception of "Great Expectations", perhaps).
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:55 AM   #36
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All of Dickens's novels have happy endings (with the arguable exception of "Great Expectations", perhaps).
I would disagree with the all happy endings statement. Or at least quite a few were very ambivalent. It was not a very happy ending for Stephen Blackpool and Rachael in Hard Times. Not a happy ending for Nancy, Fagin, or really anyone but the title character in Oliver Twist.
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Old 10-14-2012, 08:49 AM   #37
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All of Dickens's novels have happy endings.
"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

I guess that's happy, then?

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #38
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"It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known."

I guess that's happy, then?

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Certainly it is. He says himself that he's doing a good thing and he's going to heaven. Who could ask for more?
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Old 10-14-2012, 07:53 PM   #39
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Certainly it is. He says himself that he's doing a good thing and he's going to heaven. Who could ask for more?
I think that was Plan B.
Plan A was getting the girl himself.

A "classic" example of settling.

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Old 10-14-2012, 09:43 PM   #40
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All of Dickens's novels have happy endings (with the arguable exception of "Great Expectations", perhaps).
What about Bleak House? I never thought of the ending as particularly happy (although a few characters do get a happy ending). Partially happy ending, maybe?
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Old 10-14-2012, 10:06 PM   #41
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The Moonstone

It's described in my link as the first detective novel, whether or not that's true.

Happy ending? Well, it's not ecstatically happy. But compared to A Tale of Two Cities, it ends quite nicely.

Classic? Hmm. It's old, and it's fairly famous, but I'm on the fence with calling it a classic. Wilkie Collins was more a master of plot than characterization. I liked it, but I didn't feel myself to have touched perfection.

Where The Moonstone shines, in terms of meeting purple_fishy's criteria, is in being far different from a Jane Austen book.
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the Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas - so many stories in the one, and a page turner IMO. I haven't got to the ending yet (it goes on forever) but I'm sure it will be a good one.
does NOT contain the actual ending, just a comment on it, nevertheless:
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Old 10-15-2012, 03:58 PM   #43
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Captain Blood: Pirates, lies, romance, cowards, stubbornness, bad luck, civil war, evil kings, slavery, horror, sword fights, dishonor, fire, betrayal, ship fights, turn arounds, a happy end in which the bad guy gets deliciously snubbed.

Floridly, giggle-inducing old-fashionedly written, which is part of the charm.

The movie isn't half bad too but "the Sea Hawk", also with Errol Flynn, is better.
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I have never heard of Lilith. It sounds great! Thanks!
I read it for the first time last year.
I saved the last ten pages for my second read,
I just couldn't stand the thought of it ending.
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