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The Faun of Rome: A Romance

by Oscar Wilde, edited by Nate Maturin

Nate Maturin, Author

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Letter 4: Tafani to Wilde, 26 April 1877

26th April, 1877,

Jesus College, Oxford

My dear student and friend,

It is a pleasure to hear you speak with such verve about dear Rome. I have missed her, but I see that she is as charming as ever she was, and that she has put on her best gown and adornments for your admiration and amusement. 

If your project continue to please you, and Hawthorne prove a charming and informative guide, then it is of course a necessary thing for you to proceed with it. I shall be delighted to receive the manuscripts from your own fair hand when you appear once again in halls. Yet I fear from the tone of your letter that you have no firm intention of making your way back to Oxford promptly. Do think of the consequences that losing the term might risk to your classification, and bring back your charming manuscripts and self with haste.


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