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The Duchess of Padua

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Author: Oscar Wilde
Published: 1883
Language: English
Wordcount: 22,804 / 71 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.5
LoC Category: PR
Downloads: 2,946 7494
Genre: Drama

ower; yet see thou show'st A smiling mask of friendship to all men, Until thou hast them safely in thy grip, Then thou canst crush them.


[aside] O wise philosopher! That for thyself dost dig so deep a grave.


[to him] Dost thou mark his words?


Oh, be thou sure I do.


And be not over-scrupulous; clean hands With nothing in them make a sorry show. If you would have the lion's share of life You must wear the fox's skin. Oh, it will fit you; It is a coat which fitteth every man.


Your Grace, I shall remember.


That is well, boy, well. I would not have about me shallow fools, Who with mean scruples weigh the gold of life, And faltering, paltering, end by failure; failure, The only crime which I have not committed: I would have MEN about me. As for conscience, Conscience is but the name which cowardice Fleeing from battle scrawls upon its shield. You understand me, boy?


I do, your Grace, And will in all things carry out the creed Wh



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