The picture of Dorian Gray......Oscar Wilde

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The picture of Dorian Gray......Oscar Wilde

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CHAPTER 1..........................IN THE STUDIO

In the summer of 1870, an artist was working in his studio in London. The artist's name was Basil Hallward, and he was finishing a portrait*. His friend, Lord Henry Wotton, was sitting in an armchair*, watching him.
"that's a marvellous* picture. I know all your pictures, but this is the best" said Lord Henry. "The young man in the picture is very handsome*, with his dark curly hair and bright* blue eyes."

"Yes he is," Basil said. "He's also very innocent* and he doesn't know anything about life. sometimes I worry*that Dorian Gray is too handsome and that he'll suffer* for it one day."

"Dorian Gray? Is that his name?" Lord Henry asked, laughing*.

"Yes, it is," Basil answered*."Dorian and I are good friends and we spend* a lot of time together*.He often comes and sits with me ,even* when I'm not painting his portrait. When he's here, I paint much better than usual*. He's a very special young man."
"Well, that's interesting." said Lord Henry."I really want to meet him."

Basil was unhappy* when he heard Lord Henry say this. Lord Henry knew a lot about life, but he didn't believe* in anything and he didn't care about any one. He only saw the bad in everything and ridiculed* the good.Nothing was important to him and he spent his life going to parties and drinking.

"Henry is so cynical* and laughs* at everything*," Basil thought*. "It will be better* if he doesn't meet Dorian."

VOCABULARY (*)
-Portrait............Retrato
-Armchair..........Sillón
-Marvellous.......Maravilloso/a
-Handsome.......Guapo
-Bright..............Brillante
-Innocent..........Inocente
-To worry..........Preocuparse
-Suffer..............Sufren
-Laughing..........Riendo
-Answered.........Respondió
-Spend..............Pasar
-Together..........Juntos
-Even................Incluso
-Unhappy..........Infeliz
-Believe.............Creer
-Ridiculed...........Ridiculizado
-Cynical.............Cínico
-Laughs.............Risas
-Everything........Todo
-Tought.............Pensaba
-Better..............Mejor

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"Henry, I don't think you'll like Dorian," Basil said to his friend. "He's very different from you, but his friendship* is important to me."

At that moment, a servant* came into the studio. "Mr Gray is here, Mr hallward," the servant said. " Can I ask him to come upstairs* to the studio?"

"Yes please do," Basil answered. He didn't look happy, but Lord Henry laughed. "This is a coincidence!" he tought. "Now I can meet Dorian Gray!"

"Henry, please be carreful* what you say to him" Basil said seriously*." He's only 19 years old. He'll listen to what you say and I'm afraid* you'll have a bad influence on him."

Lord Henry laughed again*. he was enjoying* the situation.

A few* minutes later, Dorian Gray came into the studio and Basil introduced* hom to Lord Henry. Basil watced his friends for a few minutes. "They like each other," he tought."That's not good."

VOCABULARY (*)
-Friendship....Amistad
-Servant.......Criado/Sirviente
-Upstairs.......Arriba
-Be carreful...Ten cuidado
-Afraid..........Miedo
-Again...........Otra vez
-Enjoying......disfrutar
-Few............pocos
-introduced...Presentó

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A short time later, basil said,"Henry, I must finish my work on the portrait and I need* Dorian. Can you leave* us* now?"

Lord Henry turned to Dorian. "Should* I go?" he asked with his nicest* smile.

"No please stay*!" Dorian answered. "It's very boring when Basil is painting. Please stay and talk to me."

So Lord Henry stayed. Basil wasn't happy, but he couldn't do anything about it.

While* Basil stood* quietly and painted, Lord Henry told* Dorian about his journeys*, his experiences and his cynical philosophy* of life. Dorian listened carefully. He learned new things and heard strange* new ideas. The ideas were interesting and stimulating, but they confused him. he didn't k now why.

"Dorian," Lord Henry said finally, "today you're young and the world is yours. Life is short and you must enjoy every minute. Pleasure* is the only important thing. You're handsome now, but one day you'll be old. Your dark hair will become grey and thin*, you'll have lines* on your face*and tou won't see well any more*. Then it'll be too late and you 'll be sorry."

His words made a strong impresion on Dorian.

CHAPTER 2..................................THE PORTRAIT

An hour later, Basil stopped painting and looked at his friends. "The portrait is ready*," he said. " I think it's good and I hope* you like it too!" He turned to Dorian. "I didn't want to show you picture before*. Artist are sometimes strange, but you were very patient*. So what do you think of my picture?"

Dorian looked at his beautiful picture, but after Lord Henry's words, he couldn't appreciate it any more.

" It makes me very sad that in this portrait, I will always be young and handsome , but in real life I'll become old and ugly*."he exclaimed. ''Why can't I always be as handsome as I am today?Why can't the young man in the picture become old instead of* me? Oh, Basil, why did you paint thid beautiful portrait of me?''

VOCABULARY (*)
-Need..............Necesitar
-Leave.............Dejar
-Us..................Nosotros
-Should............Deber
-Nicest.............Mas bonit@
-Stay................Esperar
-While..............Mientras que
-Stood..............Esperaba
-Told.................Dijo
-Journeys.........Viajes
-Philosophy......Filosofía
-Strange..........Extraño
-Pleasure.........Placer
-Thin................Fino/Delgado
-Lines..............Arrugas
-Face...............Rostro/Cara
-Any more........Nada más
-Ready.............Preparado
-Hope...............Esperar
-Before.............Antes
-Patient............Paciente
-Ugly................Feo
-Instead of......En lugar de

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Basil was shocked* when he heard these words . ''That's a strange reaction'' he tought. He turned to Lord Henry. '' You're responsible for this!'' he said. '' It's because you talked to Dorian.''

'' No, no,'' Lord henry said laughing. ''Young Dorian is beginnig to learn about life.''

Basil was angry. '' You andDorian are my best friends,'' he said, ''but because of you, Inow hate my best picture. I don't want it any more.''

Basil saw his painter's knife* on the work table. He toook it quickly and turned towards* the portrait. But Dorian saw him with the knife in his hand, and before Basil could do anything, Dorian stopped him. '' No, you mustn't!'' he shouted*, taking Basil's hand from the picture.

VOCABULARY (*)
-Shocked.........Indignado
-Knife..............Cuchillo
-Towards.........Hacia
-Shouted.........Gritó

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''Why?'' Basil asked in a cold voice. ''Is it poddible tht you like my work?''

''Of course Ilike it,'' Dorian answered. ''I love that portrait. It's already* a part of me!''

''Then I'll give it to you,'' Basil said. ''Take it home , you can do what you like with it. I don't want it now.''

Basil walked to the window and stood there in silence, with his back to his friends. Nobody said anything for a few minutes. Then Lord Henry had an idea.

'' Let's go to the theatre tonight,'' he suggested*. '' Will you come, Dorian? And you Basil?''

''That's a good idea!'' Dorian exclaimed.

'' I can't go,'' Basil said. ''I've got too much work. Dorian, will you stay and have dinner with me?''

'' I'm sorry, I can't '' Dorian answered. I'd like to go to the theatre with Lord Henry.''

Basil disappointed*, but but hr tried not to show it. Before Lord Henry and Dorian left*, Basil spoke* quietly to Lord Henry. ''Please remember what Isaid to you about Dorian,'' he said.'' It's easy* to influence him. Please be carrful!.''

Lord Henry just* laughted and opened the front door. '' Goodbye , my friend ,'' he said. ''Enjoy your dinner!''

''I'll see you tomorrow as usual, Basil,'' said Dorian.

Dorian and Lord Henry left and Basil closed the dor. He was very sad*. He remembered Lord Henry laughing and he was worried about his young friend's future.

The next day, Lord Henry visited his uncle, an old gentleman*called Lord Fermor. Lord Fermor knew all the aristocratic* families in London. ''Do you know Dorian Gray?'' Lord Henry asked his uncle.

''Dorian Gray? Who is he?'' Lord Femor asked.

VOCABULARY (*)
-Already..............Ya
-Suggested.........Propuestas
-Disappointed.....Decepcionado
-Left....................Dejar/Salir
-Spoke................Habló
-Easy..................Facil/Sencillo
-Just...................Solo/Solamente
-Sad....................Triste
-Gentleman.........Caballero
-Aristocratic.........Aristocratico

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