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    Red face The twist of the tail

    What's the meaning of it? Does it mean an unexpected final to a story?

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    Re: The twist of the tail

    Do you mean ' the twist of the tale'?

    A twist is an unpredictable event or a quirk in the smooth flow of a 'story', like in:
    a twist of fate (when something unexpected happens that changes your life, or fate).

    Likewise, a twist of a tale can be a sudden sharp turning point in the tale that creates suspense and takes the reader by surprise. It does not bring the story to an end, only changes its course of action in a completely different direction.

    Ex:

    "Suddenly, there was a knock on the door. When the door opened, a stranger came in and wanted to talk to dad..."

    - sounds like bad news to me...
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    Re: The twist of the tail

    Interesting. To me, "Twist of the tail" means that there is something unexpected at the end of the story, a surprise ending. O.Henry was a master at this.

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    Re: The twist of the tail

    I'm more familiar with the phrase "twist in the tale".

    For me it suggests an ending that is unexpected, but perfectly consistent with the preceding matter. One well known example occurs in The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, by Agatha Christie: the murderer is the narrator.

    Another quite common kind of "twist in the tale" consists of a final revelation that the narrator was an animal, child, piece of furniture, etc.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

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    Re: The twist of the tail

    You are both right. I should have thought of that...

    There are stories with only one twist of the tale, usually at the end, and there are 'longer stories' - those with many chapters - where each chapter presents a different view point, yet each latches onto the previous chapter to create a stifling story/plot with many twists of the tale. Off the top of my head, I am thinking of 'The Odyssey' right now...
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