Dorian Gray


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Dorian Gray

Someone who never appears to age. In his novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde told the story of the title character who made a Faustian arrangement with an artist to paint his portrait, the proviso being that Gray would not age, but the face in his painting would. As with such pacts, Gray lived to rue it. It didn't take long before “Dorian Gray” was applied to anyone who showed no signs of aging. If, for example, after ten or twenty years you met a long-lost friend who looked much the same as when you last saw him or her, you would acknowledge that miracle as “Hey, it's Dorian Gray.” And if your friend recognized the allusion, the reply was likely to be, “Yeah, but you should see the painting in my attic.”
See also: gray
References in classic literature ?
I turned half-way round and saw Dorian Gray for the first time.
What the invention of oil-painting was to the Venetians, the face of Antinous was to late Greek sculpture, and the face of Dorian Gray will some day be to me.
I forget; but it is what Dorian Gray has been to me.
Some day I will show the world what it is; and for that reason the world shall never see my portrait of Dorian Gray.
As long as I live, the personality of Dorian Gray will dominate me.
She told me she had discovered a wonderful young man who was going to help her in the East End, and that his name was Dorian Gray.
Dorian Gray is in the studio, sir," said the butler, coming into the garden.
Dorian Gray is a young and handsome man whose well-off friend Lord Henry takes him to an art-loving painter, Basil Hallward.
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