The commonest thing is delightful if one only hides it. Now these are lines that stick out still to me.
Later, Dorian speaks of his life by quoting Hamleta privileged character who impels his potential suitor Ophelia to suicide, and prompts her brother Laertes to swear mortal revenge.
Dorian has the portrait removed to his attic. The sub-plot about James Vane's dislike of Dorian gives the novel a Victorian tinge of class struggle. Dorian, however, refuses to accept blame.
In order to dispose of the body, Dorian employs the help of an estranged friend, a doctor, whom he blackmails. Through Basil, Dorian meets Lord Henry Wotton, and he soon is enthralled by the aristocrat's hedonistic world view: that beauty and sensual fulfilment are the only things worth pursuing in life.
In the opium den however he hears someone refer to Dorian as "Prince Charming", and he accosts Dorian. Almost overnight, a legend was born: Wilde the homosexual martyr, Wilde the moral rebel.
It was not that mere physical admiration of beauty that is born of the senses and that dies when the senses tire. Wilde's textual additions were about "fleshing out of Dorian as a character" and providing details of his ancestry that made his "psychological collapse more prolonged and more convincing.
He indulges in every pleasure and virtually every 'sin', studying its effect upon him, which eventually leads to his death. Lines like: "It is silly of you, for there is only one thing in the world worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.