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By Oscar Wilde, Richard Cave

Wilde was once either a glittering wordsmith and a social outsider. His drama emerges out of those possibly contradictory identities, combining epigrammatic brilliance and sensible social remark. comprises girl Windermere's Fan, Salome, a girl of No value, an incredible Husband, A Florentine Tragedy and the significance of Being Earnest, which appears to be like in complete with the "Grigsby" scene which initially made up the fourth act.

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Ask it of me and that i will provide it you. SALOMÉ: I call for the pinnacle of Jokanaan. HEROD: you're not listening. you're not listening. undergo me to talk, Salomé. SALOMÉ: the pinnacle of Jokanaan. HEROD: No, no, you wouldn't have that. you assert that to bother me, simply because i've got checked out you all this night. it's actual, i've got checked out you all this night. Your attractiveness me. Your good looks has grievously afflicted me, and i've checked out you an excessive amount of. yet i'm going to examine you not more. Neither at issues, nor at humans may still one glance. in simple terms in mirrors should still one glance, for mirrors do yet exhibit us mask. Oh! oh! convey wine! I thirst… Salomé, Salomé, allow us to be pals. Come now! … Ah! what may I say? What was’t? Ah! I be mindful! … Salomé – nay, yet come closer to me; I worry you won't pay attention me – Salomé, you recognize my white peacocks, my attractive white peacocks, that stroll within the backyard among the myrtles and the tall cypress bushes. Their beaks are gilded with gold, and the grains that they consume are gilded with gold additionally, and their toes are stained with pink. once they cry out the rain comes, and the moon exhibits herself within the heavens once they unfold their tails. through they stroll among the cypress timber and the black myrtles, and every has a slave to have a tendency it. occasionally they fly around the bushes, and anon they crouch within the grass, and around the lake. There are usually not in all of the global birds so remarkable. there's no king in the entire global who possesses such tremendous birds. i'm convinced that Caesar himself has no birds so advantageous as my birds. i'll provide you with fifty of my peacocks. they'll stick to you whither-soever you pass, and in the middle of them you can be just like the moon in the course of a very good white cloud… i'm going to provide all of them to you. i've got yet 100, and within the entire international there isn't any king who has peacocks like unto my peacocks. yet i'm going to supply all of them to you. in simple terms you want to unfastened me from my oath, and must never ask of me that that you have requested of me. [He empties the cup of wine. ] SALOMÉ: provide me the pinnacle of Jokanaan. HERODIAS: good acknowledged, my daughter! As for you, you're ridiculous along with your peacocks. HEROD: Be silent! You cry out consistently; you cry out like a beast of prey. you want to now not. Your voice wearies me. Be silent, I say… Salomé, give some thought to what you're doing. This guy comes per chance from God. he's a holy guy. The finger of God has touched him. God has placed into his mouth poor phrases. within the palace as within the barren region God is usually with him… at the very least it truly is attainable. One doesn't comprehend. it really is attainable that God is for him and with him. in addition, if he died a few misfortune could ensue to me. as a minimum, he acknowledged that the day he dies a misfortune will occur to anyone. which can in simple terms be to me. take note, I slipped in blood while I entered. additionally, I heard a beating of wings within the air, a beating of powerful wings. those are very evil omens, and there have been others. i'm definite there have been others although i didn't see them. good, Salomé, you don't want a misfortune to ensue to me? you don't want that. take heed to me, then.

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