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THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY
The novel begins with Lord Henry Wotton observing the artist Basil Hallward painting the portrait of a handsome young man named Dorian Gray. Dorian arrives later andmeets Wotton. After hearing Lord Henry's world view, Dorian begins to think beauty is the only worthwhile aspect of life, the only thing left to pursue. He wishes that the portrait Basil is paintingwould grow old in his place.
Dorian invites Basil and Lord Henry to see Sibyl perform in Romeo and Juliet. Sibyl, whose only knowledge of love was love of theatre, loses her acting abilities throughthe experience of true love with Dorian. Dorian rejects her, saying her beauty was in her art, and he is no longer interested in her if she can no longer act. When he returns home he notices that hisportrait has changed. Dorian realizes his wish has come true, the portrait now bears a subtle sneer and will age with each sin he commits, whilst his own appearance remains unchanged.
One night,before he leaves for Paris, Basil arrives to question Dorian about rumors of his indulgences. Dorian does not deny his debauchery. He takes Basil to the portrait, which is as hideous as Dorian's sins. Inanger, Dorian blames the artist for his fate and stabs Basil to death, wishing to escape his crime, Dorian travels to an opium den. James Vane is nearby and hears someone refer to Dorian as "PrinceCharming." He follows Dorian outside and attempts to shoot him, but he is deceived when Dorian asks James to look at him in the light, saying he is too young to have been involved with Sibyl 18 yearsearlier. Dorian sees James stalking the grounds and fears for his life. In a rage, he picks up the knife that killed Basil Hallward and plunges it into the painting. His servants hear a cry frominside the locked room and send for the police. They find Dorian's body, stabbed in the heart and suddenly aged, withered and horrible. It is only through the rings on his hand that the corpse can be...
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