Monday, March 19, 2012

Oscar Wilde


That evening Wilde dined at Blanche Roosevelt's house. Before dinner the guests put their hands through a curtain so that the palmist Cheiro could read their palms without knowing who they were.

When Wilde held out his hands, Cheiro found the markings on each hand so different from the other that he explained how in palmistry the left hand denotes hereditary tendencies and the right hand individual developments.

The left hand in front of him, he said, promised a brilliant success; the right hand, impending ruin. 'The left hand is the hand of a king, but the right that of a king who will send himself into exile.'

Wilde, a superstitious man (he had refused to join the skeptics of the Thirteen Club), asked 'At what date?' 'A few years from now, at about your fortieth year.' (He was then thirty-eight.) Without another word Wilde left the party.

27 comments:

Kid said...

Cue Twilight Zone theme.

Jojo said...

Interesting! Have a nice day Harry!

dianne said...

Thank you Harry, a very interesting post.
Have a good day!
xoxoxo ♡

BamaTrav said...

If I went to a palmist they'd tell me that I beat off too much.

Susan said...

Hmmmm, I would have been disturbed to if someone said all those things about my palms. Gotta tell ya, I'm not familiar enough with Oscar Wilde to know what happened to him, but I hope he didn't believe him. I love your posts, so different and interesting. Always make me think and sometimes it hurts! :)

Eyeliquor said...

Great!

Jéanne said...

Curious!

orthos62 said...

Hello Harry, very interesting, have a superweek.
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barbara l. hale said...

Interesting story of a very interesting character.

Eloah said...

Interessante! Gostei de conhecer esta passagem da vida de Oscar Wilde.
Parabéns pelo Post.
Forte abraço Eloah

Daniel Braga said...

Hey! Nice story. Very interesting.
Have a nice week. See you.

*DB*

lamprini lamprinou said...

my favourite!

G said...

Cool post I once got very drunk at his tomb when young and foolish

Ajiram said...

Oscar Wilde ...mystery .....The Picture of Dorian Gray . Why anyone should consider Wilde to be any sort of icon remains to be seen, least of all a “gay” one, because in spite of his penchant for both the company and debasement of younger men, he was not strictly speaking homosexual....he was a soul man.On the dark side of the moon ....or ..unacceptable side of the moon ?

T. Roger Thomas said...

He did lead an interesting life.

martinealison said...

Une jolie publication...
Gros bisous

Gwendoline said...

intéressant! ce billet je ne suis pas étonnée du côté " superstitieux " de M. Wilde!

Inspiring Scent Of Rain said...

interesting point indeed.

Tosha said...

Gives meaning to "but on the other hand."
I adore Wilde. The Picture of Dorian Grey is one of my favorite reads.

Jacki said...

What an amazing blog! Thanks for the Oscar Wilde post. It made my day.

お菓子 Okashi Lau said...

Born to be Wilde :-D

Jane Bernard said...

Thanks, Harry! This reaffirms lhow we are so fragile and so powerful at the same time.. just like the new season, Spring. Happy Vernal Equinox!

<3 Jane

prinsesselinn said...

I heart the dandy look of mister Wilde.

Have a perfect weekend.
Hugs, Norway.

Harmony said...

Have a great weekend, Hair! :D

<3 Harmz le Charm

nietzschesorphan said...

The man was a genius!

Have a great weekend.

Cheers

Mark

Maria Adeladia said...

Belíssimo!

Abraços.

Denise Scaramai said...

I loved to know this intriguing episode with Wilde ... of whom I like very much

 
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