Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray [1891 edition] CHS 12-end Norton 2nd Ed..pdf

Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray [1891 edition] CHS 12-end Norton 2nd Ed..pdf

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124 T 1 1E PI CTURE OF DORIA N CHAY (189 1) Chapter XII 1 It was on the nin th of November, th e eve of his own thirty-eighth birthda y, 2 as he often remem ber ed afterwards. He was walking h ome a bout eleven o'clock from Lord Henry's, whe re he had been dining, and was wrapp ed in heavy furs, as th e night was cold and folk,oY· At the corner of Grosvenor Squ are and South Audley Street a man passed him in th e mist, wal ki ng very fast, and with the collar of his grey ulst er 3 t urn ed up. He had a bag in his hand. Dorian recognized him. It was Ba sil Hallward. A stran ge sense of fe ar , for which he could not accou nt , came over him. He made no sign of recognition, and went on quickly, in the direction of his own house. Bu t Hallward had seen him. Dorian h eard him fi rst stopping on the pavement and then hurrying af ter him. In a few mom ents his hand was on his arm. "Dorian! \ ,\/ h at an extraordinary piece of luc k! I have been waiting for you in yo ur library ever s in ce nine o'clock. Fi na ll y I took pity on your tired servant, and told him to go to bed , as he l et me ou t. I am off to Paris by the midnight train, and I particularly wanted to s ee you before I left. I thought it was yo u, or r athe r yo ur fur coat, as you pass ed me. But I wasn't quit e sure. Didn't you recognize me?" "In this fog, my dea r Basil? vVhy, I can't even recognize Gro svenor Sq u are . l believe my house is somewhere about here, but I don 't feel at a ll certain a bout it. I am sorry you are goi ng away, as I have n ot seen you for ages. But I suppose you w ill be back soon?" "N o: I am going to be out of England for six months. I inten d to take a studio in Paris, and sh ut myself up till I have fini shed a great p ictur e I have in my head. However, it wasn't about myself I wa nt ed to talk. H ere we are at your doo r. Let me come in for a moment. I have something to say to you." "I shall be cha rmed. But won't you miss yo ur train?" said D or ian Gray, langu id ly, as he pa ssed up the steps an d opened the d oo r with his latch-key. The lamp-light struggled out through the fog, and Ha ll war d looked at his watch. "I have heaps of time," he answ ere d. "T he train do esn't go ti ll twelve-fifteen, an d it is only just eleven. In fact, I was on my way to the club to look for you, when I met you. Y ou see, I shan't have any delay abou t luggage, as I have sent on my heavy thin gs. All I have I. Formerly chapter 10 in the Lippi11co tt 's Maga:i11e version. 2. Changed from November sewnth in th e Lippiuco ll ~ edition. The significance is explored by Hi c hard Ellmann in "The Critic as Artist as Wild e," E 11co1111t er 29 Ouly I 96i): 33. The change docs not alter Dori an 's birth sign; he remains a Scorp io of th e textbook variety. 3. A loose, long (wercoat ma de of heavy. rugged fahric and often heh eel.
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