Адаптированная книга на английском языке «The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde». Аудиокнига на английском.
The room was filled with the smell of roses. Sitting on a sofa, smoking a cigarette, was Lord Henry Wotton. Through the open door came the distant sounds of the London streets.
In the centre of the room stood a portrait of an extraordinarily beautiful young man. Sitting a little distance in front of it was the artist himself, Basil Hallward. As the painter looked at the portrait, he smiled.
‘It is your best work, Basil, the best thing you have ever done,’ said Lord Henry, slowly ‘You really must send it next year to the Grosvenor. The Grosvenor is really the only place to exhibit a painting like that.’
I don’t think I shall send it anywhere,’ the painter answered, moving his head in that odd way that used to make his friends laugh at him at Oxford University.‘No: I won’t send it anywhere.’
Lord Henry looked at him in surprise through the thin blue smoke of his cigarette. ‘Not send it anywhere? My dear man, why not? What odd people you painters are!’
I know you will laugh at me,’ Basil replied, ‘but I really can’t exhibit it. I have put too much of myself into it.’
Lord Henry stretched himself out on the sofa and laughed. ‘Too much of yourself in it! Basil, this man is truly beautiful. He does not look like you.’
‘You don’t understand me, Harry,’ answered the artist. ‘Of course I am not like him. I would be sorry to look like him. It is better not to be different from other people. The stupid and ugly have the best of this world. Dorian Gray —’
‘Dorian Gray? Is that his name?’ asked Lord Henry, walking across the room towards Basil Hallward.
‘Yes, that is his name. I wasn’t going to tell you.’
‘But why not?’
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