With only the elite in attendance our discussion of Dorian Gray was less noisy but perhaps more intellectual than last week’s. Although everyone was interested in the moral complexity of the novel, complaints were made about the amount of flowers and men crying. No one was convinced by Dorian’s affair with Sybil Vane but everyone agreed that he had fallen in love with her performance as Juliet, not with Sybil herself.
‘Sun’body (sic), who will remain nameless, agreed with Lord Henry’s views on marriage: “it makes a life of deception absolutely necessary for both parties.”
Taking advantage of the all too infrequent sunshine, we headed off to Merrion Square to pay Oscar a visit. He greeted us with an odd smile and some well-chosen words.
Next week, we’ll be talking about, and maybe performing a few scenes from Wilde’s hilarious comedy The Importance of Being Earnest. Join us in Room C and get to know the tyrannically ridiculous Lady Bracknell, and find out what “Bunbury” means.
As usual, materials are available from Ana or Sheila in the office.
Check out this appetiser on You Tube, a clip from an old movie version of the play. Otherwise you could watch the more recent version with Colin Firth (yer man in The King’s Speech). Either way, prepare to be both very confused and very amused.
P.S. Someone please answer last week’s question! Nobody’s gonna call you a nerd for being the first one to leave a comment.
Bye for now