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Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Options
Daemon
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Gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 5:10:28 AM
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You have to have the writer or narrator the level of Jesus or something about to make the genre of morality readable. Very difficult genre.
Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 5:22:31 AM
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Next scandal make the previous one the history or gossip. Am I right, even if partially, or totally wrong?
MTC
Posted: Monday, September 2, 2013 9:46:39 AM
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LORD WINDERMERE. Dumby, you are ridiculous, and Cecil, you let your tongue run away with you. You must leave Mrs. Erlynne alone. You don't really know anything about her, and you're always talking scandal against her.

CECIL GRAHAM. [Coming towards him L.C.] My dear Arthur, I never talk scandal. _I_ only talk gossip.

LORD WINDERMERE. What is the difference between scandal and gossip?

CECIL GRAHAM. Oh! gossip is charming! History is merely gossip. But scandal is gossip made tedious by morality. Now, I never moralise. A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain. There is nothing in the whole world so unbecoming to a woman as a Nonconformist conscience. And most women know it, I'm glad to say.

LORD AUGUSTUS. Just my sentiments, dear boy, just my sentiments.

Lady Windermere's Fan, Third Act

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