The End of the Affair
The End of the Affair is a novel by British author Graham Greene
Graham Greene
Henry Graham Greene, OM, CH was an English author, playwright and literary critic. His works explore the ambivalent moral and political issues of the modern world...

, as well as the title of two feature films (released in 1955
The End of the Affair (1955 film)
The End of the Affair is a 1955 film directed by Edward Dmytryk and starring Deborah Kerr, Van Johnson, Peter Cushing and John Mills. It is based on the novel The End of the Affair by Graham Greene....

 and 1999
The End of the Affair (1999 film)
Michael Nyman would later use "Diary of Love" to open and close his solo album, The Piano Sings . As with many of Nyman's 1990s scores, he incorporates material from his String Quartet No.3, which was in turn based on a choral piece titled Out of the Ruins.-Track listing:#Diary of Hate 2:38#Henry...

) that were adapted for the screen based on the novel.

Set in London during and just after World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, the novel examines the obsession
Fixation (psychology)
Fixation: 'concept originated by Sigmund Freud to denote the persistence of anachronistic sexual traits'. Subsequently '"Fixation" acquired a broader connotation...

s, jealousy and discernments within the relationships between three central characters: writer Maurice Bendrix; Sarah Miles; and her husband, civil servant Henry Miles.

Graham Greene's own affair with Lady Catherine Walston played into the basis for The End of the Affair.

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 happily 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.

The end was just the beginning.