History TearJerker / OscarWilde

7th Jun '13 7:19:37 PM mlsmithca
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--> "Something was dead in each of us,
--> and what was dead was Hope."

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--> "Something -->"Something was dead in each of us,
-->
us,\\
and what was dead was Hope.""\\



-->"I know not whether Laws be right,
-->Or whether Laws be wrong;
-->All that we know who lie in goal
-->Is that the wall is strong;
-->And that each day is like a year,
-->A year whose days are long."

to:

-->"I "I know not whether Laws be right,
-->Or
right,\\
Or
whether Laws be wrong;
-->All
wrong;\\
All
that we know who lie in goal
-->Is
goal\\
Is
that the wall is strong;
-->And
strong;\\
And
that each day is like a year,
-->A
year,\\
A
year whose days are long."



--> "And alien tears will fill for him,
--> Pity's long-broken urn,
--> For his mourners will be outcast men,
--> And outcasts always mourn."

to:

--> "And -->"And alien tears will fill for him,
-->
him,\\
Pity's long-broken urn,
-->
urn,\\
For his mourners will be outcast men,
-->
men,\\
And outcasts always mourn."
7th Jun '13 7:18:38 PM mlsmithca
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* ''The Nightingale And The Rose'', one of several children's stories written by OscarWilde, has a similar effect on this troper. Even attempting to recount a summary of The Little Match Girl makes her tear up, but that story made her weep like a child. Mostly because the sheer fact that it was written by Oscar Wilde lulls her into a false sense of security and then...
** Seconded. Don't, under any circumstances, read it unless you want to become suicidally depressed.
** Never forget ''The Young King'', specially the coronation scene where ''God'' himself approves of [[TheWisePrince the humble new sovereign]] when his own noblemen reject him. ''"A king higher than any of us has crowned you, my son!"''
** The LibriVox recordings don't help either- one set, Happy Prince and a couple others, is read by a woman with a rather soft voice and a very cute accent. It makes it much, much worse. She manages to make a damp firework (albeit an anthropomorphic comic relief firework) come across as incredibly moving and highly tragic.
** "The Fisherman and His Soul": Its power as a TearJerker is even lampshaded in the end, when [[spoiler: the priest who ordered that the bodies of the fisherman and his mermaid girlfriend be buried in unconsecrated ground tries to speak in his homily about the Ire Of God, but he can't do so and speaks about the Love Of God and makes his audience bawl. And then he finds out why... the flowers in the church come ''from the Star Crossed Lovers' tombs''. ]]
** ''The Birthday of the Infanta''
** Basically every Oscar Wilde-penned bit of scribbling that isn't for the stage is worth a cry or two (and even then, watch out for ''Lady Windemere's Fan'' and ''A Woman Of No Importance''), but especially ''De Profundis,'' Wilde's essays on Christ and Socialism, his letters to the newspapers about prison conditions, or anything he ever said about love, unless the reader wants to be wrung out like a dishcloth. And if the readers ignore the disclaimer above, they'd do well not to follow those pieces up with a perusal of Ellman's biography of Wilde, as it will likely leave them with the desire to dig up a few famous corpses and strangle them; the man is utterly {{Moe}}.
* The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written just after his release from the titular prison.

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* ''The "The Nightingale And The Rose'', and the Rose", one of several children's stories written by OscarWilde, Creator/OscarWilde. A nightingale overhears a lovelorn university student whose professor's daughter has a similar effect on this troper. Even attempting promised to recount accompany him to a summary of dance if he brings her a rose. The Little Match Girl makes her tear up, but nightingale appeals to a rose tree, and is told that story made she must spend the night singing of love while pressed against one of the tree's thorns, feeding the rose with her weep like a child. Mostly because lifeblood. The nightingale decides the sheer fact that it was written by Oscar Wilde lulls student's happiness is worth sacrificing her into a false sense of security life for, and then...
** Seconded. Don't, under any circumstances, read it unless you want
by the next morning the tree has sprouted a brilliant red rose, but the nightingale has died without the student ever knowing of her interest in his plight. The worst part? [[ShaggyDogStory The professor's daughter rejects the student anyway, as she has been given a gift of jewels by a richer suitor, and the student swears off love and goes back to become suicidally depressed.
** Never forget ''The
the books.]]
* "The
Young King'', specially King", especially the coronation scene where ''God'' himself approves of [[TheWisePrince the humble new sovereign]] when his own noblemen reject him. ''"A king higher than any of us has crowned you, my son!"''
** * The LibriVox [=LibriVox=] recordings don't help either- one set, "The Happy Prince Prince" and a couple of others, is read by a woman with a rather soft voice and a very cute accent. It makes it much, much worse. She In "The Remarkable Rocket", she manages to make a damp firework (albeit an anthropomorphic comic relief firework) come across as incredibly moving and highly tragic.
** * "The Fisherman and His Soul": Its power as a TearJerker is even lampshaded in the end, when [[spoiler: the priest who ordered that the bodies of the fisherman and his mermaid girlfriend be buried in unconsecrated ground tries to speak in his homily about the Ire Of God, but he can't do so and speaks about the Love Of God and makes his audience bawl. And then he finds out why... the flowers in the church come ''from the Star Crossed Lovers' tombs''. ]]
** ''The * "The Birthday of the Infanta''
**
Infanta". A hunchbacked dwarf is sent to perform for the Infanta of Spain, who is only allowed to mingle with other children on her birthday. She and the other guests laugh at the dwarf's performance and request an encore after dinner, but the dwarf mistakes the Infanta's mockery for love and searches the palace for her. Eventually, he is horrified to discover a hideous figure who mimics his every move... and realises it is his own reflection, and that the Infanta can never return his feelings. He suffers a seizure and falls to the ground kicking and screaming; the Infanta and her fellow guests find him and mistake it for another performance, laughing at him once again until he stops moving or breathing. A servant tells the Infanta that the dwarf has died of a broken heart, and the chastened Infanta declares, "For the future, let those who come to play with me have no hearts."
* "The Selfish Giant" features the title character building a giant wall around his garden to keep playing children out of it, only for an unending winter to descend on the garden. Eventually, he hears a linnet singing outside his window - the children have found a crack in the wall and have returned to the garden, bringing the spring thaw with them. But when the giant runs into the garden to welcome the children, they all flee in terror except for one boy struggling to climb a tree. The giant takes pity on the boy and lifts him higher into the tree. He then knocks down the wall and gives the children a standing invitation to play in his garden, but he is disappointed when the boy, whom none of the other children had seen before, does not return with them. Eventually, he finds the boy alone in the garden, bleeding from his hands and feet; he sees the wounds and threatens vengeance against those who inflicted them, but [[{{Jesus}} the boy]] explains that they are wounds of love, and reveals that he is returning the giant's kindness toward him by inviting him to his own garden, which is Paradise. The next day, the children find the giant dead under a tree, covered in white blossoms.
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Basically every Oscar Wilde-penned bit of scribbling that isn't for the stage is worth a cry or two (and even then, watch out for ''Lady Windemere's Fan'' and ''A Woman Of No Importance''), but especially ''De Profundis,'' Wilde's essays on Christ and Socialism, his letters to the newspapers about prison conditions, or anything he ever said about love, unless the reader wants to be wrung out like a dishcloth. And if the readers ignore the disclaimer above, they'd do well not to follow those pieces up with a perusal of Ellman's biography of Wilde, as it will likely leave them with the desire to dig up a few famous corpses and strangle them; the man is utterly {{Moe}}.
* The "The Ballad of Reading Gaol, Gaol", written just after his release from the titular prison.




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* Some of his letters to Bosie from the jail. Especially the third of these: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/lettersfromwilde.html made this troper want to take Bosie's place and give him a big hug.

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\n* Some of his letters to Bosie from the jail. Especially the third of these: http://law2.[[http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/lettersfromwilde.html made this troper want to take Bosie's place and give him a big hug.
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27th Feb '12 12:28:53 PM Charsi
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*** Some of his letters to Bosie from the jail. Especially the third of these: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/lettersfromwilde.html made this troper want to take Bosie's place and give him a big hug.

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*** * Some of his letters to Bosie from the jail. Especially the third of these: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/lettersfromwilde.html made this troper want to take Bosie's place and give him a big hug.
27th Feb '12 12:28:34 PM Charsi
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*** Some of his letters to Bosie from the jail. Especially the third of these: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/wilde/lettersfromwilde.html made this troper want to take Bosie's place and give him a big hug.
14th Feb '12 3:44:09 PM Musicrox4ever
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*If you read up more on the Wilde family after Oscar's arrest, it turns into a TearJerker. Constance dies, leaving her sons in the care of her family who try to bar them from seeing their father ever again. The sons finding out about his death and what got him arrested. Cyril, Wilde's eldest son, is killed by a sniper serving in WWI. Wilde's youngest son, Vivian, loses his wife before he comes home from WWI... it's amazing that Vivian made it to 80 without losing his mind to grief.
11th Jun '11 6:02:20 PM safed_sher
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** Seconded. Don't, under any circumstances, read it unless you want to become suicidally depressed.
5th Mar '11 9:14:15 PM Naganonamy
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** Basically every Oscar Wilde-penned bit of scribbling that isn't for the stage is worth a cry or two (and even then, watch out for ''Lady Windemere's Fan'' and ''A Woman Of No Importance''), but especially ''De Profundis,'' Wilde's essays on Christ and Socialism, his letters to the newspapers about prison conditions, or anything he ever said about love, unless the reader wants to be wrung out like a dishcloth. And if the readers ignore the disclaimer above, they'd do well not to follow those pieces up with a perusal of Ellman's biography of Wilde, as it will likely leave them with the desire to dig up a few famous corpses and strangle them; the man is utterly {{Moe}}.

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** Basically every Oscar Wilde-penned bit of scribbling that isn't for the stage is worth a cry or two (and even then, watch out for ''Lady Windemere's Fan'' and ''A Woman Of No Importance''), but especially ''De Profundis,'' Wilde's essays on Christ and Socialism, his letters to the newspapers about prison conditions, or anything he ever said about love, unless the reader wants to be wrung out like a dishcloth. And if the readers ignore the disclaimer above, they'd do well not to follow those pieces up with a perusal of Ellman's biography of Wilde, as it will likely leave them with the desire to dig up a few famous corpses and strangle them; the man is utterly {{Moe}}.{{Moe}}.
* The Ballad of Reading Gaol, written just after his release from the titular prison.
--> "Something was dead in each of us,
--> and what was dead was Hope."

-->"I know not whether Laws be right,
-->Or whether Laws be wrong;
-->All that we know who lie in goal
-->Is that the wall is strong;
-->And that each day is like a year,
-->A year whose days are long."

** And the excerpt that was made epitaph on Wilde's tomb,
--> "And alien tears will fill for him,
--> Pity's long-broken urn,
--> For his mourners will be outcast men,
--> And outcasts always mourn."
2nd Jan '11 4:43:05 PM Nausika
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** "The Fisherman and His Soul": Its power as a TearJerker is even lampshaded in the end, when [[spoiler: the priest who ordered that the bodies of the fisherman and his mermaid girlfriend be buried in unconsecrated ground tries to speak in his homily about the Ire Of God, but he can't do so and speaks about the Love Of God and makes his audience bawl. And then he finds out why... the flowers in the church come ''from the Star Crossed Lovers's tombs''. ]]

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** "The Fisherman and His Soul": Its power as a TearJerker is even lampshaded in the end, when [[spoiler: the priest who ordered that the bodies of the fisherman and his mermaid girlfriend be buried in unconsecrated ground tries to speak in his homily about the Ire Of God, but he can't do so and speaks about the Love Of God and makes his audience bawl. And then he finds out why... the flowers in the church come ''from the Star Crossed Lovers's Lovers' tombs''. ]]
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