Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde». Аудиокнига на английском.
The studio was filled with the rich perfume of roses, and the light summer wind brought the heavy scent of lilac from the garden through the open door.
Lord Henry Wotton was lying on a divan smoking one of his innumerable cigarettes. Beyond the soft buzzing of the bees in the garden, the distant noise of London could be heard.
In the centre of the room, on an artist’s easel, stood a portrait of an extraordinarily beautiful young man. Basil Hallward, the artist, was sitting in front of it, smiling at his work of art.
‘It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you’ve ever done,’ said Lord Henry languidly. ‘You must send it to the Grosvenor. The Grosvenor is the only place to exhibit it.’
‘I don’t think i shall send it anywhere,’ he answered.
Lord Henry looked at him through the thin blue smoke of his cigarette. ‘Not send it anywhere? My dear man, why not? What odd people you painters are! You do anything in the world to become famous, and when you’re famous you’re not happy!’
‘I know you’ll laugh at me,’ Basil replied, ‘but I really can’t exhibit it. I’ve put too much of myself into it.’
Lord Henry laughed. ‘Too much of yourself into it! Basil, I didn’t know you were so vain. You have black hair and a strong face. This young Adonis has delicate features, fair hair and looks as if he were made of ivory and rose leaves. And you — well, you have an intellectual expression, and beauty ends where an intellectual expression begins. You don’t look like your mysterious young friend at all. By the way, you haven’t told me his name.’
‘You don’t understand me, Harry,’ answered the artist. ‘Of course I don’t look like him. Dorian Gray is beautiful, and we all must pay for the gift the gods have given us, whether it is beauty, or intellect. It’s better not to be different from others. The ugly and the stupid have the best of it in this world.’
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