OSCAR WILDE AND MYSELF
A commentary by
VED from VICTORIA INSTITUTIONS
It is foretold! The torrential flow of inexorable destiny!
To create a social pedestal
QUOTE: Down to the time of my first meeting Wilde, he had never had any real footing in society and, though he fought for it desperately during the period of our friendship, I doubt if he ever really got it. END OF QUOTE
This might be true. However, it is a tragedy that he missed the larger frame and sort to seek out a very small one. I mean he was connected to England and the native-English. This is a connection which was quite a fabulous one for the populations all around the globe at that period in time. Or at any time in the world as long as England remains pristine-English and not multi-culture. Instead of enjoying the equanimity this would have lent to most people in the world, he was urged to strive for something less common. The connection to the English nobility.
QUOTE: According to him, it didn't matter in the least what one did as long as one happened to be "a charming and graceful young man, related to everyone in the peerage,'' and did whatever one wanted to do in “a charming and graceful manner. END OF QUOTE
QUOTE: He tells us that in prison he became a great individualist, and apparently it was in prison that he became a great aristocrat. END OF QUOTE
QUOTE: At the same time, I have never been able to repress feelings of amused contempt for that numerous body of persons who, having no ancestry or forbears to speak of, make a point of proclaiming themselves to be persons of family, and invent all manner of legends to support their supposed exalted birth. END OF QUOTE
QUOTE: In the case of Wilde, it is due to him to say that he kept his parentage and extraction fairly in the background so far as I was concerned. He admitted that he belonged to the Irish middle classes and prided himself on having risen to academic honour, not with the help of money, but by sheer force of intellect. END OF QUOTE
Now thinking about the question of whether Alfred Douglas was the cause of Oscar Wilde’s disaster, there were certain frill issues in this physical world which really must have worked to set up the explosive grand finale.
QUOTE: Some years before I met Wilde my mother had found it desirable to divorce my father, and at the time to which I am now referring the family relationships were not exactly running smooth. END OF QUOTE
This is a very critical item. Alfred Douglas does seem to have much fondness for his mother. And his mother had left his father. The mood of the father to him is the explosive issue. He would have a rankling inside him that might have been on the verge of getting unbridled many times.
He might have tried to connect to his son, but must have found that his son is preoccupied with his own thoughts. On enquiry, he must have received the information that Alfred Douglas was in constant companionship with Oscar Wilde.
Oscar Wilde has no professional qualification, no specific job and was also an Irishman. Being Irish and being without a professional qualification and no specific job of grandeur could be a very difficult combination from the perspective of a feudal language. But then Oscar Wilde was a genius in the world of English literature. Not Irish. That is it!
When an opinion of such a person is enquired upon, the opinion that comes out depends much on who that person is who giving speaking the opinion. If he is an Irishman with feeble standards in reading English literature of the kind that Wilde writes, then his opinion would spring out only from the most elementary parts of a human beings’ personality.
In south Asia, this opinion expressing is very much dependent on what social level that man is from. A man can be judged by a variety of persons kept in different verbal slots, right from the man who takes care of the public convenience station to the levels of a great intellectual who has the mental facility to judge the man as per that man’s real mental attainments.
To the Irish common man whose skills in English are quite limited, Oscar Wilde’s grandeur could be an empty pose and posture. The higher intellectual class of Irish might or can have a different estimation.
The non-reading English natives would have their own mental agonies over an Irishman coming into England, and claiming proximity to the English nobility and monarchy. As to the reading class of native-English, even though there might be a section who are fascinated by Wilde’s literary skills, there might still be persons who take offense on his act of being the Lord of the Language!
Only the section of the population, who have read his books and enjoyed them without any feelings of competitiveness or other ethnicity issues, can put in a word that he is indeed a great man, befitting the companionship of Lord Alfred Douglas, son of the Marquis of Queensberry.
QUOTE: Later, my father sent me a letter in which he told me what he had said to Wilde, and threatened to cut off my allowance if I did not at once terminate the acquaintance.
I was not aware of any grounds upon which Lord Queensberry could make such a request, and concluded that he had written to me for the mere purpose of annoyance and because he knew that I had taken sides with my mother since the divorce proceedings. Consequently, I sent him a fairly stinging reply, and a heated correspondence followed. END OF QUOTE.
This is the location exactly where Oscar Wilde’s shrewd plans to get attached to the nobility of England was triggering some unexpected switches in the Supernatural software arena which stands veiled behind reality.
QUOTE: Even Mrs. Wilde writes to tell Sherard that I had ''marred a fine life." END OF QUOTE.
The hidden link that really pulled Oscar Wilde down the spiral staircase was that he was using or misusing another person to stand up as a pedestal for him. However, that person was himself embedded with negative codes, in the form of divorced parents and a spiteful relationship with his father. However, neither the son nor the father was in themselves inept individuals, bereft of personal abilities. The son was indeed a very capable man in the world of letters. When Alfred Douglas claims that he did help Oscar Wilde with ideas and words at odd times in his writings, it is believable.
QUOTE: I have no desire to take credit to myself for another man's work, but many collaborations between authors have been acknowledged on much less slender grounds END OF QUOTE.
As to the Marquis of Queensberry, he has his own rights to grandeur in history. His name is mentioned in connection to the Marquess of Queensberry Rules in Boxing. The ideas mentioned in this are generally said to be connected to the sense of sportsmanship and fair play. This sense of fair-play was also something generally mentioned as an innate feature of pristine-England. QUOTE: "You must not fight simply to win; no holds barred is not the way; you must win by the rules". END OF QUOTE. (From Wikipedia).
When two persons of resounding stamina and strength go in for a mutual fight, it is destructive to both. And of very explosive content. If both of them join and act in sync, what comes out is of the celestial levels. In the present case, it is the former that took place.
0. Book profile
10. Naples and Paris
17. Wilde's Poetry
19. For Posterity
28. The Smaller Fry