OSCAR WILDE THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY EBOOK
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The Picture of. Dorian Gray. Oscar Wilde. First published in This web edition published by [email protected] Last updated Wednesday, December 17 . Ebook The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde. EPUB, MOBI. Wypróbuj 14 dni za darmo lub kup teraz do %!. The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art's aim. The critic is he who can translate into another m.
A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful. Your mysterious young friend, whose name you have never told me, but whose picture really fascinates me, never thinks.
I feel quite sure of that. He is some brainless beautiful creature who should be always here in winter when we have no flowers to look at, and always here in summer when we want something to chill our intelligence. I know that perfectly well. Indeed, I should be sorry to look like him. You shrug your shoulders? I am telling you the truth.
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There is a fatality about all physical and intellectual distinction, the sort of fatality that seems to dog through history the faltering steps of kings.
The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world. They can sit at their ease and gape at the play. If they know nothing of victory, they are at least spared the knowledge of defeat.
They live as we all should live—undisturbed, indifferent, and without disquiet. They neither bring ruin upon others, nor ever receive it from alien hands.
Is that his name? When I like people immensely, I never tell their names to any one.
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It is like surrendering a part of them. I have grown to love secrecy. It seems to be the one thing that can make modern life mysterious or marvellous to us. The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. When I leave town now I never tell my people where I am going. If I did, I would lose all my pleasure. I suppose you think me awfully foolish about it?
You seem to forget that I am married, and the one charm of marriage is that it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties. I never know where my wife is, and my wife never knows what I am doing. My wife is very good at it—much better, in fact, than I am.
She never gets confused over her dates, and I always do. But when she does find me out, she makes no row at all. I sometimes wish she would; but she merely laughs at me. You are an extraordinary fellow. You never say a moral thing, and you never do a wrong thing.
Your cynicism is simply a pose. The sunlight slipped over the polished leaves. In the grass, white daisies were tremulous.
After a pause, Lord Henry pulled out his watch. I want the real reason. You said it was because there was too much of yourself in it.
Now, that is childish. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed by the painter; it is rather the painter who, on the coloured canvas, reveals himself. The reason I will not exhibit this picture is that I am afraid that I have shown in it the secret of my own soul.
Perhaps you will hardly believe it. Lord Henry smiled, and leaning down, plucked a pink-petalled daisy from the grass and examined it. The wind shook some blossoms from the trees, and the heavy lilac-blooms, with their clustering stars, moved to and fro in the languid air.
A grasshopper began to chirrup by the wall, and like a blue thread a long thin dragon-fly floated past on its brown gauze wings. You know we poor artists have to show ourselves in society from time to time, just to remind the public that we are not savages.
With an evening coat and a white tie, as you told me once, anybody, even a stock-broker, can gain a reputation for being civilized. Well, after I had been in the room about ten minutes, talking to huge overdressed dowagers and tedious academicians, I suddenly became conscious that some one was looking at me. I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time. When our eyes met, I felt that I was growing pale. A curious sensation of terror came over me.
I knew that I had come face to face with some one whose mere personality was so fascinating that, if I allowed it to do so, it would absorb my whole nature, my whole soul, my very art itself. I did not want any external influence in my life. You know yourself, Harry, how independent I am by nature. I have always been my own master; had at least always been so, till I met Dorian Gray. Something seemed to tell me that I was on the verge of a terrible crisis in my life.
I had a strange feeling that fate had in store for me exquisite joys and exquisite sorrows. I grew afraid and turned to quit the room.
It was not conscience that made me do so: I take no credit to myself for trying to escape. Conscience is the trade-name of the firm. However, whatever was my motive—and it may have been pride, for I used to be very proud—I certainly struggled to the door. There, of course, I stumbled against Lady Brandon. You know her curiously shrill voice?
She brought me up to royalties, and people with stars and garters, and elderly ladies with gigantic tiaras and parrot noses. She spoke of me as her dearest friend. I had only met her once before, but she took it into her head to lionize me. I believe some picture of mine had made a great success at the time, at least had been chattered about in the penny newspapers, which is the nineteenth-century standard of immortality.
Suddenly I found myself face to face with the young man whose personality had so strangely stirred me. We were quite close, almost touching. Our eyes met again. It was reckless of me, but I asked Lady Brandon to introduce me to him. Perhaps it was not so reckless, after all. It was simply inevitable. We would have spoken to each other without any introduction.
I am sure of that. Dorian told me so afterwards. He, too, felt that we were destined to know each other. I remember her bringing me up to a truculent and red-faced old gentleman covered all over with orders and ribbons, and hissing into my ear, in a tragic whisper which must have been perfectly audible to everybody in the room, the most astounding details.
I simply fled. I like to find out people for myself. But Lady Brandon treats her guests exactly as an auctioneer treats his goods. She either explains them entirely away, or tells one everything about them except what one wants to know. How could I admire her?
But tell me, what did she say about Mr. Dorian Gray? Hallward shook his head. You like every one; that is to say, you are indifferent to every one. Thus, sometimes people play significant and fateful roles in our lives, nevertheless it doesn't mean that they become the cause of our misfortunes. Therefore, this book teaches us that wrong actions of individual can bring even more bad consequences and that in this case the individual should blame only himself and not surrounding. Shht, do you want to listen to a story that will will make you wet to the bone?
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
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The Picture of Dorian Gray By: Oscar Wilde. This classic twisting tale all starts with a portrait of a beautiful young man, Dorian Gray. What a lovely surprise this book was. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by James from Gorgeous! This is a beautiful copy of an equally beautiful book.
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Although I was interested I had a hard time getting into it and at times had to force myself to keep pushing through.
A relatively light story becomes a little peculiar and rather dark near the end. Dorian Gray is so vain, he probably thinks this book is about him. Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by Anonymous from So pretty! Love Oscar Wilde, and these cloth bound books are absolutely gorgeous and amazing quality that make reading them so much better!
I know it's a classic but it wasn't for me.A lot of people care more about their look than about their internal world. I think it is rather vain. Stream audiobook and download chapters. Great Expectations Charles Dickens. We have lost the abstract sense of beauty. After some time he came back.
Wilde is a genius and a master of words. A bishop keeps on saying at the age of eighty what he was told to say when he was a boy of eighteen, and as a natural consequence he always looks absolutely delightful.