Sunday, August 23, 2015

a real life conversation (II)

Setup: A. and her sisters have agreed to a book club. The Picture of Dorian Gray is their first selection. B. is a work acquaintance.

B. Have you started Dorian Gray yet?

A. (remembering) Oh! No, not yet. (Pause.) My sister is half-way through, and she said it was boring.

B. Really? I'm surprised. Almost everything Lord Henry says is either witty or funny, and often both.

A. Does it take a while to get started? Is there a lot of description in the beginning?

B. No. There's a conversation between Lord Henry and another character by the second page or so.

A. Well, I think my sister just has very high standards.

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