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First snow.

We have a family tradition of reading James Joyce’s beautiful story “The Dead” on the first snowfall of each year. Sometimes we watch John Huston’s movie (his last, fittingly) based closely on the story.
Here’s the final paragraph (spoiler!). You can read the whole story online by following the first link above. The second link gives you the final monologue from the movie.

A few light taps upon the pane made him turn to the window. It had begun to snow again. He watched sleepily the flakes, silver and dark, falling obliquely against the lamplight. The time had come for him to set out on his journey westward. Yes, the newspapers were right: snow was general all over Ireland. It was falling on every part of the dark central plain, on the treeless hills, falling softly upon the Bog of Allen and, farther westward, softly falling into the dark mutinous Shannon waves. It was falling, too, upon every part of the lonely churchyard on the hill where Michael Furey lay buried. It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.