The Picture of Dorian Gray
整理; 福建石狮八中 王建交
Basil Hayward was a successful artist. He had nearly finished a portrait of a very handsome young man called Dorian Gray. One day a friend of his, Lord Henry Wotton, saw the picture Basil was painting and wanted to meet this young man., A few days later, Lord Henry and Dorian Gray met at Basil’s house and went for a walk in the garden.
“Ah, how lucky you are to be so young. There is nothing in the world as important as youth!”
said Lord Henry to Dorian. “But time is your enemy.”
They went inside to see the portrait and Dorian looked at his own picture intensely.
“wish I could always stay young and the picture could grow old. Oh, why did you paint this picture, Basil? Why should it stay young while I grow old? I wish the picture could change, and I could stay as I am.” Dorian was beginning to fall in love with his own picture.
A few weeks later, Dorian told Lord Henry that he was in love with an actress, called Sybil Vane. She was seventeen and very beautiful. Dorian didn’t tell Sybil his name but she called him Prince
Charming. He told her that he was in love with her and he wanted to marry her. Sybil’s brother was
worried about her and this mysterious young man .
“If that man harms my sister, I’ll kill him,” he said to a friend.
But Sybil’s brother was a sailor and had to go off to Australia.
One night, Dorian took his friends to see Sybil acting as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet. She acted badly and after the performance Doran spoke to Sybil. He was very angry with her. “But how can I
pretend to be Juliet now that I know what real love is?” she said to him. Dorian said that he had
loved her because she was a good actress.
Now he didn’t love her an more and so he left her.
When he got back home Dorian looked at his portrait again. Somehow it was different. The face in the picture now had a cruel smile. Then Dorian remembered his wish. He realized that he had been cruel to Sybil. Tomorrow he would see her and be good to her and make up for what he had dome. But he next day Lord Henry brought Dorian some terrible news. Sybil had killed herself! Lord Henry told him not to worry, that it would have been impossible to marry her anyway-she was just an actress. When Lord Henry left, Dorian looked at the picture of himself again. He realized that he would stay young and handsome forever and that the face in the picture would become ugly, old and cruel.
The years went by, but Dorian Gray stayed young and handsome. He enjoyed all the pleasures there were in life. However, his portrait changed and showed all the terrible secrets of his life. Dorian became more and more obsessed with the picture as the face in it became old and ugly. On Dorian’s thirty-eighth birthday, Basil Hayward, the painter, came to see Dorian and told him that he
was going away to Paris. Basil told him that people were saying terrible things about Dorian’s life.
Dorian decided to show Basil the portrait and to tell him his secret. Basil was horrified when he saw the face and told Dorian to change his life. Suddenly, Dorian became very angry with Basil. He took a knife … and stabbed Basil several times. The next day, Dorian got rid of the body. Nobody would ever miss Basil Hayward. They would think that he had gone to France.
Later that night, Dorian was in a bar talking to two women. One of the women said to him, “Ah,
I remember you. You’re Prince Charming, aren’t you?”
A sailor heard this. It was Sybil’s brother. He realized that this was the man who had been cruel to his sister eighteen years ago. Dorian was very afraid, but said that it couldn’t have been him. He
showed the sailor his face, the face of a young man of twenty. Then Dorian went away.
“ I nearly killed that boy,” said the sailor.
“Boy?” said the woman. “I first met him eighteen years ago, but his face hasn’t changed in all
A week later Dorian was in the country staying with some friends, when he realized that the sailor was following him. He became very afraid. The next day he went out walking with some of his friends who were shooting. His friend shot at an animal and there was the cry of a man. He had killed the sailor who had been following Dorian. Dorian decided to change his life.
“Maybe if I have a better life, the face in the picture will not be do ugly and horrible.”
But when he looked at the portrait it was even more terrible than before. He decided to destroy the picture. He picked up a knife and stabbed the painting. There was a loud cry and a crash.
The servants were very afraid. They went into the room. On the wall they saw the portrait of Dorian Gray as a young, handsome man. On the floor was a dead man, with a knife in his heart. It was the other Dorian Gray, his face old, ugly and horrible.