The End of the Affair

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The End of the Affair is a 1999 film about a novelist who has an affair with his friend's wife and becomes obsessed with her after she suddenly and inexplicably ends their affair.

Directed by Neil Jordan. Screenplay written by Neil Jordan, based on the novel by Graham Greene.
The end was just the beginning.

Maurice Bendrix[edit]

  • I hate you, God. I hate you as though you existed.
  • To be is to be perceived.
  • I am a jealous man.
  • You have to understand. I'm jealous of everything that moves. I'm jealous of the rain!
  • Pain is easy to write. In pain we're all drably individual. But what can one write about happiness?


  • I had tempted fate, and fate had accepted.
  • Tell Him I'm sorry. I'm too human. Too weak. Tell Him I can't keep my promises. I'm tired of being without you.
  • You see I never stopped loving you, even though I couldn't see you.
  • I've only made two promises in my life. One was to marry Henry, the other is to stop seeing you. And I'm too weak to keep either.


Maurice Bendrix: I'm jealous of this stocking.
Sarah Miles: Why?
Maurice Bendrix: Because it does what I can't. Kisses your whole leg. And I'm jealous of this button.
Sarah Miles: Poor, innocent button.
Maurice Bendrix: It's not innocent at all. It's with you all day. I'm not.
Sarah Miles: I suppose you're jealous of my shoes?
Maurice Bendrix: Yes.
Sarah Miles: Why?
Maurice Bendrix: Because they'll take you away from me.

Sarah: Love doesn't end, just because we don't see each other.
Maurice Bendrix: Doesn't it?
Sarah: People go on loving God, don't they? All their lives. Without seeing him.
Maurice Bendrix: That's not my kind of love.
Sarah: Maybe there is no other kind.

Sarah: Are you on a new book?
Maurice Bendrix: Of course.
Sarah: It's not about us, is it? The one you threatened to write?
Maurice Bendrix: A book takes a year to write. It's too hard work for revenge.
Sarah: If only you knew how little you had to revenge.
Maurice Bendrix: I'm joking. We are adults. We knew it had to end some time. Now we can have lunch and talk about your husband.


  • The end was just the beginning.


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