The Picture of Dorian Gray: chapter 10
Michelangelo, Montaigne, Winckelmann, Shakespeare: rumoured to be homosexuals.
1. Who is “his lordship” (p. 137)?
2. “The love that he bore him” (p. 138): Who does “he” refer to? Who does “him” refer to?
“he”: Basil, “him”: Dorian
3. Why does Dorian give his butler a note for Lord Henry (p. 139)?
To get him out of the way so he doesn’t see what happens to the picture.
4. Who is “the little grandson” (p. 141)? Who is “the last Lord Kelso”?
Dorian and his grandfather
5. What seems “horrible” to Dorian (p. 141)? Answer in your own words.
That his portrait, which is an image of his corruption, should degrade a room that is associated to his childhood innocence.
6. Does Dorian hope to be saved (p. 142)? Why?
No, because even if he can help being cruel, he cannot help growing old, which for him is part of his downfall.
7. What psychological change does the picture effect on Dorian (p. 143-4)?
He is becoming very suspicious.
8. What does Dorian learn from the paper (two elements)?
That an inquest was held about Sibyl’s death, and that it was declared accidental, so he is safe.
9. Why is the book Lord Henry sends Dorian “poisonous” (p. 146)? Answer in your own words.
Its topic is immoral and glorifies sin. Its style is sophisticated in a darkly seductive way. Its form is also puzzling to Dorian, since he thinks it is “a novel without a plot.”
10. What does “that” refer to in “you have discovered that” (p. 146)?
The difference between liking and fascination.