Any ending that succeeds both culminates and at the same time continues the story. The mix of these two factors naturally varies according to whether the writer’s principal desire is, on the one hand, to bring everything together, or, on the other, to leave matters more elliptically open. But both qualities, culmination and continuation, are fundamentally always present.
—  Douglas Bauer, The Stuff of Fiction: Advice on Craft (2006), as quoted in Jennifer De Leon’s “Return and Repeat” in the Sept/Oct issue of Poets & Writers Magazine