I want to end my current WIP with the protagonist's death. (About 5 people died before him, I'm really a character killer.) The story depicts his downfall. By the end, he has lost everything (including his life partner) and he's also suffering from an injury that never really healed. Their love was doomed from the beginning - it was a hanging crime and although they weren't caught, it can only be fulfilled in death. So he has two options. 1. Going back to his ship (setting is Nelson-era Royal Navy) and die in a battle, but wouldn't it look like as something that came very handy and deus ex machina? 2. Kill himself to defend his honour (at this point, he doesn't really care about his soul anymore). But he must do it with style, like a gentleman who sees Greek/Roman heroes as an example. (Falling into a sword would not work though - he's alone, and you need a servant to help if you want to do it properly).