Letter 9: Wilde to Tafani, 7 May 1877
7 May, 1877
1 Merrion Sq North
Thank you for your kind words, my friend. It is indeed a relief that the fine, at least, has been revised, although the judgement seems hard still. I am sure I will be moved, at some point during my long break exile, to considering the work required by that Old Cricket.
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I have been musing on my characters people, and what might be done with them. It seems to me that Miriam might more easily combine personality with perfection than any of the others, although of course it is to Hawthorne’s discredit that we should attribute this flaw, rather than to their own. I am rather taken with my new Kenyon. I have made some changes to his upbringing and attitudes that, I think, brings him into greater sympathy with our heroine and less with his sometime-master, which is always the way of these things, when given half a chance!
I plan to do a spot of fishing, as the weather is now improved. I shall write to you of my petty triumphs. Do write to me of yours.
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