‘The Beginning of a Life-Long Reverence?’ Summarise using no more than 1200 words (sans quotations).
‘Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde! Even the name commands respect, and, if not respect, then enquiry’.
I realise now that my childhood was severely limited by only being privy to hearing the occasional Wildean quote on television, such as, ‘The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable’, ‘I can resist everything except temptation’ and ‘To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance’. Sadly, ours was not a household where books were readily available, literature discussed, nor great debates held. So, even to the ears of a young boy who only read The Beano – and, even then, only looking at the illustrations – funny, insightful and clever quotations that required deeper thinking either passed me by or remained for a fleeting second and then departed just as rapidly! But, little did I know that, for some inexplicable reason, slowly, but surely, Oscar Wilde’s witticisms would gradually begin to claim squatter’s rights inside my subconscious mind – clearly oblivious to the shenanigans of Dennis The Menace, Roger The Dodger and the notorious The Bash Street Kids – all of whom must have been making a heck of a noise, very close to where Oscar was trying to make himself heard!