Saturday, January 22, 2022

"David Copperfield" and "A Picture of Dorian Gray"

In Charles Dickens's "David Copperfield", when David moves to Dr. Wickfield's house, he first sees a portrait of the doctor's late wife and then the doctor's daughter Agnes: “On her face, I saw immediately the placid and sweet expression of the lady whose picture had looked at me downstairs. It seemed to my imagination as if the portrait had grown womanly, and the original remained a child.” Forty years after the novel's publication in 1850, this figure for the daughter's resemblance to the mother was forever altered by the publication of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", in which David's imagination of a painting that ages becomes Dorian Gray's reality. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 22 January 2022)

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