I’ve just finished reading The Picture of Dorian Gray and I have some questions.
OH and SPOILERS AHOY!
First, let me say that the book was far different than I expected. I didn’t know it was by Oscar Wilde, and yet it is very different than the works of his I have read, which are mostly his more popular plays. This was like a really witty Edgar Allen Poe story.
Any way, the first questions I have is about the book that Lord Henry gives Dorian. This book changes Dorian completly. The book is described quite a bit but the name of the book and the author of the book are not given. Is there a real book that Wilde is talking about? Or is the book to be found in the briefcase in Pulp Fiction. Or is it really just a symbol for Lord Henry and Dorian having hot gay sex?
Much later in the book, after Dorian burns Basil’s clothes Dorian opens a secret drawer in a cabinet and pulls out a 'Chinese box of black and gold-dust lacquer, elaborately wrought, and the sides patterned with curved waves, and the silken cords hung with round crystals and the tasselled implaited metal threads. " Inside is 'green paste, waxy in lustre, the odour curiously heavy adn persistent."
What is that stuff? At first I thought it was opium but he just puts the box away. Later he goes to distant part of town and visits and opium den. That does not make sense if he has his stuff in his own house.