The Disciple by Oscar Wilde

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The Disciple by Oscar Wilde

Post by knightss » 08 Mar 2008, 06:50

When Narcissus died the pool of his pleasure changed from a cup of sweet waters into a cup of salt tears, and the Oreads came weeping through the woodland that they might sing to the pool and give it comfort.

And when they saw that the pool had changed from a cup of sweet waters into a cup of salt tears, they loosened the green tresses of their hair and cried to the pool and said, 'We do not wonder that you should mourn in this manner for Narcissus, so beautiful was he.'

'But was Narcissus beautiful?' said the pool.

'Who should know that better than you?' answered the Oreads. 'Us did he ever pass by, but you he sought for, and would lie on your banks and look down at you, and in the mirror of your waters he would mirror his own beauty.'

And the pool answered, 'But I loved Narcissus because, as he lay on my banks and looked down at me, in the mirror of his eyes I saw ever my own beauty mirrored.'
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Post by Scott » 08 Mar 2008, 15:52

Excellent story! It reminds me a little bit of The Giving Tree in that it points to the selfishness in relationships.

If a man poetically told his girlfriend that she makes him see the best in himself, I am sure the girlfriend would feel very complimented. And I am sure it would be the same if it had been the girlfriend who had said that to the man. But it is funny to think of that considering how superficial and silly the above story makes that type of relationship seem.
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Post by Tracey Neal » 19 Mar 2008, 19:28

And the pool answered, 'But I loved Narcissus because, as he lay on my banks and looked down at me, in the mirror of his eyes I saw ever my own beauty mirrored.'- I like that :D
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Post by KaeMartyndale » 09 Apr 2008, 14:54

That's interesting. I like it.

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Post by TrinityJ » 22 Apr 2008, 16:28

This story is oh, so fine. Interesting understanding indeed.

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Post by thisislissa » 13 Aug 2008, 17:33

Mind blowing, I love mythical retellings.

That was an interesting point Scott about the lovers who help each other to see the best in themselves. Is it really silly and superficial though? Seeing oneself as beautiful through one’s lovers eyes is one of the best parts of being in love I think.
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Post by jenniferjill29 » 28 Oct 2008, 20:27

Superficial may not be the best word to describe their relationship. Selfish or self-absorbed are better describers. I understand the concept of being/feeling beautiful in someone else's eyes, but we need not forget the consequence of the story. Both the pool and Narcissus, due to their codependent relationship, fell to their demise. Had either spent more time appreciating the other's beauty, maybe they would have been more in love with each other, and not so much in love with themselves.

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Post by TheoGio » 26 Feb 2009, 17:37

YES!! Excellent point Jennifer!!

But is it not true that the jusxtaposition of his words is truly brilliant??

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Post by ethanlevin123 » 12 Jun 2009, 06:14

Wow its so touching. Yes i agree with Jennifer on this. Instead of being self centered they should have spent more time knowing each other.

Well, the beautiful moral in this is to be more loving instead of being selfish which we all are these days!! I think its time for a change!!

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Post by alimena » 28 Oct 2009, 13:58

Las line by the pool was awesome :)
Selfishness in all it's expression.

Thanks for sharing ~

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Post by soniakhan33 » 12 Apr 2010, 09:18

very good linese by pool........

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Post by lagym888 » 26 Apr 2010, 17:09

Very nice one.. I like this, its one of the best.!

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Post by C0ldf1re » 15 May 2010, 16:30

I had never read that one before. It was sharp and witty, and a joy to read.

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Post by adriangana » 20 May 2010, 03:35

Comics I think

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Post by likemangos » 13 Sep 2010, 12:02

Thats good

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