So, I have been writing a 14 chapter novel for a few months now and I'm very excited about it. However, now I'm having second thoughts about keeping the last chapter. Here's the plot: On September 6, 1906 Evangeline Bachman; the body of Evangeline Margaret Bachman was discovered in a deep lake. The twenty six year old heiress was the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the country. His company, Bachman Co. controlled much of the infrastructure industry in the Northeastern and Midwestern United States. Evangeline's sudden and tragic death was a shock to many Americans who admired Evangeline's charitable and philanthropic work. Authorities were unable to conclude the events that led to her eventual death. Evidence of a possible assault was not found, as her body had no visible signs of trauma. The expensive clothes and jewels she wore when she was alive were not missing, and Evangeline had been physically healthy at the time of her death. The case was closed and ruled "inconclusive" by authorities. Her six siblings, however believed that they were each responsible for her death. Evangeline's funeral was on the 10th of September, and her siblings were still very guilty at the thought of possibly causing their sister's death. More that one thousand people came to mourn the death of the beautiful and beloved heiress. After the ceremony, the Bachman family met at the family's Newport summer home to grieve, privately. They shared fond memories and reminisced about the past. After James and his wife, Maria retired for the evening, the siblings eventually found each other in the sitting room. There, they each shared their stories of what they believed was the cause of Evangeline's death. For the most part, they were all supportive of each other while the stories were being told, possibly out of their own guilt. When the stories were finished, they began to question each other and slowly began to lose their guilt. A once supportive tone is now accusatory and aggressive. An intense argument began where all of the siblings attacked each other. At first, they blamed each other for Evangeline's death, then the argument turned personal. They began attacking each others' personalities, beliefs, and ideals. They all went to sleep angry. In the morning, they all met in the sitting room again and attempted to move past the argument. Unfortunately, they were unable to agree on anything and began arguing again. Eventually, the siblings agreed to break all ties, because things that had been said could not be taken back. Eventually, the siblings each told someone else about the argument and the destruction of their family. People reacted differently. Some were completely surprised, and others were surprised the separation hadn't happened sooner. The final chapter takes place in 1926, twenty years after the argument. The siblings meet again because of their father's death. There is a lot of tension, but they eventually begin speaking with each other. They are still very cold and distant. By the end of the book, the cause of Evangeline's death remains unknown to the reader. So my question is if I should leave the chapter that takes place in 1926. I want the novel to be tragic, because it symbolizes a possible destruction of society. Without the chapter, it leaves readers wondering what will happen in the future and seems very bleak. This makes it a definite tragedy. If I leave the chapter the way it is, the tragic feel of the plot (meaning the destruction of a family) is sort of resolved and it defeats the purpose of being a drama. I need do hear some ideas other than my own, because I can't really make up my mind and am second guessing myself about leaving the chapter the way it is. Thanks for any input!