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Complete Works, The

by Oscar Wilde
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  • Publisher: Collector's Library
  • Publishing date: 01/03/2010
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9781905716869
  • ISBN: 1905716869


Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: THE SPHINX WITHOUT A SECRET ONE afternoon I was sitting outside the Cafe de la Paix, watching the splendour and shabbiness of Parisian life, and wondering over my vermouth at the strange panorama of pride and poverty that was passing before me, when I heard some one call my name. I turned round, and saw Lord Murchi- son. We had not met since we had been at college together, nearly ten years before, so I was delighted to come across him again, and we shook hands warmly. At Oxford we had been great friends. I had liked him immensely, he was so handsome, so high-spirited, and so honourable. We used to say of him that he would be the best of fellows, if he did not always speak the truth, but I think we really admired him all the more for his frankness. I found him a good deal changed. He looked anxious and puzzled, and seemed to be in doubt about something. I felt it could not be modern scepticism, for Murchison was the stoutest ofTories, and believed in the Pentateuch as firmly as he believed in the House of Peers; so I concluded that it was a woman, and asked him if he was married yet. ' I don't understand women well enough,' he answered. ' My dear Gerald,' I said,' women are meant to be loved, not to be understood.' 'I cannot love where I cannot trust,' he replied. 'I believe you have a mystery in your life, Gerald,' I exclaimed; 'tell me about it' 'Let us go for a drive,' he answered, 'it is too crowded here. No, not a yellow carriage, any other colour—there, that dark green one will do'; and in a few moments we were trotting down the boulevard in the direction of the Madeleine. ' Where shall we go to ?' I said. ' Oh, anywhere you like!' he answered—' to the restaurant in the Bois; we will dine there, and you shall tell me all about yourself.' ' I want t...

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  • Impressive Binding
    From Amazon

    I gave this book as a gift to an Oscar Wilde fan who had not yet collected much of his work. The binding is beautiful and would be a fantastic addition to any bookshelf.

  • Horrible digital edition, no table of contents!?
    From Amazon

    This is a 1320 page digital book with NO TABLE OF CONTENTS!? Do not waste your money!

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