"Out goes the candl"
Most of the stories in the book end with a ritual sign-offa typical storyteller's device in oral traditions. [EB]
This could also be an allusion to the children's rhyme "Oranges and Lemons": "Here comes a candle to light you to bed; here comes a chopper to chop off your head". Only a paragraph later there is a rhyme with a similar theme of circling and beheading. [RG]
Among countless other candle-extinguishing references, two from Shakespeare are notable: "The hedge-sparrow fed the cuckoo so long,/That it's had it head bit off by it young./So, out went the candle, and we were left darkling."King Lear, I.iv [RC]; "And all our yesterdays have lighted fools/The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!"Macbeth, V.v [EB].