Apropos of the previous post, Bookmaker at http://bookswithfiction.wordpress.com/ directed me to this post for which I thank him very much and which just about sums it all up: On Great Novels with Bad Endings : The New Yorker.
We expect an ending to match the story we just read. To tie the loose ends in, but also to give us that little extra something – and don’t ask me what, because I am still struggling with that in my short story.
I will get there. When I do, I will stick it on here and you can see if I got it right.