The End of the Party

The End of the Party Peter and his fearful twin brother Francis attend a birthday party which ends in tragedy

  • Title: The End of the Party
  • Author: Graham Greene
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Peter and his fearful twin brother Francis attend a birthday party which ends in tragedy.

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    • karen says:

      this is a shiveringly good short story, and i am so grateful to wendy darling for the indirect recommendatione twin brothers (eeeek!!) in this story are so closely entwined that they have that heightened twin-telepathy we all know is true. they are so deeply connected: the world is their new womb. but only one of them is scared of the dark. and the story is basically the one twin trying to get out of having to go to this party where there is going to be hide-and-seek in the dark, to no avail, an [...]

    • Stephen says:

      Wowzais short story will knock your heart on its ass and leave your stomach knot-tangled and woozy. Ironically, I have several Graham Greene novels on my on deck list, but this is the first of his work that I have actually read thanks to Wendy Darling whose wonderful review led me to this. Thank you Wendy for letting me in on the secret of this little piece of gold. Two identical twins, Francis and Peter, brought to the apex of apprehension at the prospect of a birthday party. The fear of the ol [...]

    • Wendy Darling says:

      It's the fifth of January, so I just re-read this story since it takes place on that date. Graham Greene's The End of the Party is the unsettling drama of twin brothers who go to a children's party that will change their lives forever. The short story can be read online here.The first time I read this, I was in English class in the ninth grade. I didn't expect to find anything special when I opened the anthology of required reading, but I found myself absolutely mesmerized by the dynamic between [...]

    • Megs ♥ says:

      Free here: classicshorts/stories/Thank you to Wendy, Bonnie, Stephen and everyone else who has recently read and recommended this short story. I honestly don't read many short stories, and wouldn't have found this on my own.To everyone else: You won't regret taking 10 minutes out of your day to read this.

    • Richard Derus says:

      Rating: 4* of fiveThe Story Synopsis: A birthday party attended by twins Peter and Francis Morton ends in tragedy.My Review: From the mind of 9-year-old Francis Morton:"Girls were like that. Their shoes never squeaked. No boards whined under the tread. They slunk like cats on padded claws."Francis is limned in a few carelessly artful sentences:"As a twin he was in many ways an only child. To address Peter was to speak to his own image in a mirror, an image a little altered by a flaw in the glass [...]

    • Bonnie says:

      Interested in more of my reviews? Visit my blog!I read the occasional short story but I can’t for the life of me remember the last one that really stuck with me. This was the most brilliantly written short story I think I have ever had the pleasure of reading. I have several Graham Greene novels on my plan-to-read-someday list but I do believe those will be moved up the list; I was blown away by the power of his writing in this extremely short story. He was able to successfully establish an am [...]

    • Trudi says:

      He had not heard her coming. Girls were like that. Their shoes never squeaked. No boards whined under the tread. They slunk like cats on padded claws. ~The End of the Party, Graham Greene I don't read a lot of short stories; it's not a format that appeals to me usually. However, when a story finds me that is so exceptionally good and unforgettable, so fine and filled with jagged teeth, there is no one on this green earth who will become a bigger pimp for said story. Graham Greene's "The End of t [...]

    • Becky says:

      This story is making the rounds today, it seems. I read this story after a friend mentioned seeing Stephen's review, and he read it based on Wendy Darling's review. I love seeing books (or in this case, stories) spread like this, each person's enjoyment leading to another and another. This is what makes this site so much fun to use. But anyway, to get to the point and review this WOW. This story was very short, very poignant, and very intense. I've only read one other Graham Greene book, 'Travel [...]

    • Petra X says:

      classicshorts/stories/ free online. I love it when I find something I didn't know about by a favourite author and it's free, online. Instant gratification. This is an excellent and creepy story. I'm very hard to creep out as I don't give much credence to ghosts, the paranormal or things that go creak in the night. But Graham Greene is a magical writer and in his hands words do what he wants them to, which is the mark of the sort of author who people will enjoy a hundred years hence as much as th [...]

    • Jim says:

      I read this powerful story after enjoying Wendy Darling’s wonderful review, and following her link to it. In the hands of a master writer, a short story can speak volumes about the human condition, and the joys and pain that life can bring - so much so that you may be left shaking your head. In this case, you may also notice that your heart is still pounding as your mind struggles to digest the last of it.Identical twins can have shared secrets, and parallel thoughts, that most of us can only [...]

    • Ij says:

      The End of the PartyWritten by: Graham GreeneThe End of the PartyMajor Characters: Peter Morton Francis Morton Mrs. Henne-Falcon Joyce Mabel WarrenPeter and Francis are identical twins. Peter woke early in anticipation of the party they would attend later that day. He watched his brother sleep noting that it was like looking in a mirror. Later, he had to wake Francis out of a bad dream. Peter seems to know exactly what Francis was dreaming. This is how close they were.Unlike Peter, Francis was n [...]

    • Annet says:

      Weird, creepy little story. Short story with impact. I intend to read more Greene this year.

    • Jemidar says:

      A moving short story about twin brothers who attend a birthday that ends in tragedy. Many people have focused on the relationship between the twins in their reviews but for me this story was more about childhood anxieties. As a child I was also afraid of the dark so Francis' terror was very real for me. I remember adults saying the same things to me and how little impact they made to my fears. I also remember taking a deep breath and doing what the adults wanted anyway, as Francis did.Greene has [...]

    • Prashant says:

      Yesterday I had an intense conversation with one of my oldest friends. We have been through a lot of ups and downs together. The discussions havered around the friends who are now too busy in their lives to remain in contact. We talked about one of our mutual friends who's behavior has now taken a U-turn with his new job and his family. I am writing all this because this is what was going through my mind when I read this story. I was thinking about the part when few friends became my whole day a [...]

    • Karla says:

      A big thanks to Stephen for steering me in the direction of this story. Since the two main characters are twins, and I am a twin, my interest was naturally piqued. Greene ramped up the intensity of the twin-bond to make the story all the more powerful and nail-biting, but there are elements there that really rang true.It's weird that a story about kids playing hide-and-seek at a party could be so friggin' tense and, dare I say it, scary. I guess I identified with Francis a bit, his overwhelming [...]

    • Char says:

      Thanks to Fairy Princess SockieP for reviewing this short story. In her review she included a link and off to read it I went.This is a chilling short story that delivers a sharp, memorable punch. I loved it! You can find it here:classicshorts/stories/

    • Kruti says:

      Words escape me at this moment. All I can say is this was by far the best short story I have read. The prose is fluid and extremely beautiful. I'm still marvelling at how Greene was able to weave such a dark and emotional tale in the space of 3,500 words. I am truly thankful that I was able to discover such a jewel.The story delves into many serious subjects such as death, fear, faith and human relationships, but it's written in such a way that is utterly engrossing. From the very beginning, the [...]

    • Licha says:

      Weird short story. I guess I am in the minority here but I just wasn't fascinated by this at all. The ending did not punch me in the stomach and take my breath away. I did not connect to either of the brothers and as much as most of us can be scared of the dark, I never got the sense of why or exactly how scared of the dark one of the brothers was for me to sympathize with them. Gets two stars cause it wasn't exactly a waste of my time ( it's very short) and I'd be a jerk to give it one star aft [...]

    • Jim says:

      A free read here: classicshorts/stories/Well written, I suppose, but I never really connected with the characters & expected the ending far too early for it to hold any shock value, unfortunately. (view spoiler)[ I had a problem with the one way, twin communication that enabled the ending & the constant fear that Francis lived in. Neither felt all that 'real' to me. (hide spoiler)]

    • Ariya says:

      Graham Greene could write anything and I would be head over heels in love with his short stories. This one is no exception.

    • Kyle says:

      Wow.That gave me chills.

    • Stephanie says:

      Is this a children's story? I totally didn't see that end coming.This was a short story that I found to be packed with an explosion of tension and punch despite its word count. The End of the Party explores the interesting dynamic of the existing symbiosis between twin brothers, Francis and Peter, told by exploring their fears. Upon attending a children's party, Francis is filled with palpable dread of a particular party-favorite pastime that he knows he'll be forced to participate in despite no [...]

    • Purvi Petal says:

      Horrifying, sad, realistic, graphic. Childhood games sometimes become the witness of the biggest tragedy of life, a lesson one might have better stayed without. Reminded me strongly of Anita Desai's 'Games At Twilight', another amazing insight into child psychology and its absolute capture. While Desai's is less tragic and much more clear in picture depiction, automatically and simultaneously amazing the reader and pulling him or her into emphatic nodding, this one lacks a tad bit somewhere, yet [...]

    • Suvi says:

      The ending stops you right where you are, and it feels exactly like a sudden flash of light after you've been sitting in the dark. Greene conveys the atmosphere very effectively and the fear of the dark is palpable. It's amazing what is achieved with so few words. All short stories should be like this, and more importantly, all those who hate short stories should find stories like these to understand their appeal.

    • Tressa says:

      After reading the reviews on this story I see that people are affected by the touching twin connection or the very real fears of a child, but what affected me the most is the inability for the adult to understand the severity of the fear and to force them to confront it against their will and at the risk of death.

    • Adina says:

      The short story was in sink with my emotions today. I could feel the boy's fear as it was mine, like I was his brother. I am not afraid of the dark but I have other fears creeping in at times.

    • Adam Floridia says:

      Amazing what an author can do in so few words (Word Count: 3,549). It's nothing more than a story of a children's game of hide and seek. But it's so much more. It's such a wonderful portrayal of young boys' psyches and their responses to fear and empathy. Vonnegut wrote “Many people need desperately to receive this message: 'I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.” Short stories like this s [...]

    • Tiffany Neal says:

      This story had a creepy Sixth Sense feel to it. Mr. Greene has a way of building an impeding sense of doom in his tale which caused my heart to flutter in anticipation of what would happen to the twins. I've always been a firm believer in the fact that fear is only a state of mind, however sometimes that fear can manifest itself so deeply into the core of our being that it consumes us. This short story (and short it truly is) uses only a few words, but the words the author chooses not only had a [...]

    • Anja says:

      "He had not heard her coming. Girls were like that. Their shoes never squeaked. No boards whined under the tread. They slunk like cats on padded claws.""It was January the fifth."well, that would be the right date to read this amazing short story, but it's not the best way to start valentine's "the end of the party" is so sad, so scary, so desperate, and so engrossing. it's intriguing how much you can express in so few words. see, it doesn't take a bazillion pages for a story to be epice ending [...]

    • Lea says:

      As a twin, I found this profoundly moving. A very short read, but worth searching out.

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