The Sphinx Without A Secret

The Sphinx Without A Secret
From Lord Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891) One afternoon I was sitting outside the Cafe de la Paix, watching the splendour and shabbiness of Parisian life, and wondering over my vermouth at the strange panorama of pride and poverty…

The Happy Prince

The Happy Prince
From The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) High above the city, on a tall column, stood the statue of the Happy Prince. He was gilded all over with thin leaves of fine gold, for eyes he had two …

The Model Millionaire

The Model Millionaire
From Lord Savile’s Crime and Other Stories (1891) Unless one is wealthy there is no use in being a charming fellow. Romance is the privilege of the rich, not the profession of the unemployed. The poor should be practical and…

The Devoted Friend

The Devoted Friend
From The Happy Prince and Other Tales (1888) One morning the old Water-rat put his head out of his hole. He had bright beady eyes and stiff grey whiskers and his tail was like a long bit of black india-rubber.…

Her Lover

Her Lover
An acquaintance of mine once told me the following story. When I was a student at Moscow I happened to live alongside one of those ladies whose repute is questionable. She was a Pole, and they called her Teresa. She…

Kalinin

Kalinin
Whistling from off the sea, the wind was charged with moist, salt spray, and dashing foaming billows ashore with their white manes full of snakelike, gleaming black ribands of seaweed, and causing the rocks to rumble angrily in response, and…