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The End of the Affair is a 1951 novel by Graham Greene. The main character and narrator Maurice Bendrix has spent years trying to understand why his lover Sarah Miles suddenly ended their affair. A chance meeting with Sarah's husband, Henry, who is finally beginning to suspect her of infidelity, provides Maurice with the perfect opportunity for closure and revenge. He convinces Henry to hire a detective to spy on Sarah, hoping to expose her true character. However, the information uncovered proves to be much more complex than what Maurice and Henry expected.
- The Blitz: the novel is set in London during and after World War II.
- Consummate Liar: Maurice uses these very words to describe Sarah.
- Good Catholic: Sarah turns out to be a textbook example of this.
- Ho Yay: By the end of the novel Henry and Maurice have gotten over their differences and are sharing an apartment.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Sarah dies of this.
- In Mysterious Ways
- Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: Several characters make seemingly miraculous recoveries from illnesses and injuries.
- Nay Theist: Maurice has become this by the end of the novel.
- Perfect Health: Almost every time a minor symptom is mentioned, it turns into a serious illness, or at least a major plot point.
- Rage Against the Heavens: Many, many passages of the novel contain this.
- The Rashomon: Several events can be seen in a very different light after Maurice reads Sarah's journal. Specifically, she promised God that if Maurice survived after being injured in the Blitz, she would end the affair.
- Sanctuary of Solitude: Sarah often visits a church to seek solace after the end of her affair. Also a case of Seeking Sanctuary in one instance when Maurice is stalking her.
- Smite Me, O Mighty Smiter!: Maurice, again.