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Unformatted text preview: lward, who greatly admires him. Gray falls under the influence of a friend of Basil’s, Lord Wotton, who persuades him that the only things that matter in life are beauty and the pursuit of pleasure. Gray, wanting to remain young for ever in order to get the most from life, makes a wish that his portrait should age instead of him. This wish comes true. With every selfish action that Gray performs his portrait becomes older and uglier, while Gray remains the same. At first Gray is happy about it, but he begins to feel that the picture is judging him and forcing him to confront the immorality of his chosen life, and he starts to resent it. He blames Basil for the life he is leading and murders him. Gray becomes increasingly haunted by the picture and eventually plunges a knife into it. When the police get to the house they find Gray old and ugly with a knife in his heart. The portrait is as it was when it was first painted. Do you think Edith Wharton was influenced by Oscar Wilde’s book when thinking of the subject matter for ‘The Moving Finger’? 4. Glossary blunder ‐ a huge mistake insidious – stealthily deceitful obtuse – insensitive, dull desecrating – violating the sacredness sedulously – diligently, painstakingly illimitable – infinite, incapable of being limited derisive – mocking...
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