The Power and the Glory

The Picture of Dorian Gray – The Preface–Chapter Two

We are punished for our refusals. Every impulse that we strive to strangle broods in the mind, and poisons us. (See Important Quotations Explained) Summary: The Preface The Preface is a series of epigrams, or concise, witty sayings, that express the major points of Oscar Wilde’s aesthetic philosophy. In short, the epigrams praise beauty and …

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Chapters Three–Four

Summary: Chapter Three Shortly after his first meeting with Dorian Gray, Lord Henry visits his uncle, Lord Fermor, a “genial if somewhat rough-mannered” old nobleman. When Lord Henry asks his uncle about Dorian Gray’s past, the old man tells him that Dorian comes from an unhappy family with a dark, tangled history. He relates that …

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Chapters Seven–Eight

Summary: Chapter Seven The theater is crowded when the men arrive. Dorian continues to wax eloquent about Sibyl’s beauty, and Basil assures Dorian that he will support the marriage wholeheartedly since Dorian is so obviously in love. When the play begins, however, Sibyl is terrible, and her acting only worsens as the evening wears on. …

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Chapters Thirteen–Fourteen

Summary: Chapter Thirteen Dorian leads Basil to the room in which he keeps the painting locked. Inside, Dorian lights a candle and tears the curtain back to reveal the portrait. The painting has become hideous, a “foul parody” of its former beauty. Basil stares at the horrifying painting in shock: he recognizes the brushwork and …

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The Picture of Dorian Gray – Chapters Fifteen–Sixteen

Summary: Chapter Fifteen That evening, Dorian goes to a dinner party, at which he flirts with bored noblewomen. Reflecting on his calm demeanor, he feels “keenly the terrible pleasure of a double life.” Lady Narborough, the hostess, discusses the sad life of her daughter, who lives in a region of the countryside that has not …

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