The Devoted Friend

The Devoted Friend

by Oscar Wilde, Franta
     
 

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"The Devoted Friend" is a short fairy tale written by Oscar Wilde.

The tale concerns Big Hugh, the miller, and his best friend Hans. The story is told by a linnet to a water-rat following a conversation about what it means to be a devoted friend. Like many other stories by Wilde, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen are considered to be the primary

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"The Devoted Friend" is a short fairy tale written by Oscar Wilde.

The tale concerns Big Hugh, the miller, and his best friend Hans. The story is told by a linnet to a water-rat following a conversation about what it means to be a devoted friend. Like many other stories by Wilde, the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen are considered to be the primary literary influences for "The Devoted Friend".

The story begins by a pond where a water-rat has just awoken and a mother duck is teaching her ducklings to stand on their heads. The rat observes how incompetent the young ducklings are at the task and remarks that "they really deserved to be drowned". The mother duck responds that parents must be patient, but the water-rat states he knows nothing of love and finds devoted friendship to be far more valuable. Several other creatures begin asking the water-rat what he means by devoted friendship, to which the water-rat replies: "a devoted friend is one that is devoted to him." This inspires a green linnet to tell the water-rat a tale about a devoted friend.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780934211109
Publisher:
Mage Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/1988
Series:
Creative's Classic Short Stories Series
Pages:
28
Age Range:
9 Years

Meet the Author

Born in Ireland in 1856, Oscar Wilde was a noted essayist, playwright, fairy tale writer and poet, as well as an early leader of the Aesthetic Movement. His plays include: An Ideal Husband, Salome, A Woman of No Importance, and Lady Windermere's Fan. Among his best known stories are The Picture of Dorian Gray and The Canterville Ghost.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
October 16, 1854
Date of Death:
November 30, 1900
Place of Birth:
Dublin, Ireland
Place of Death:
Paris, France
Education:
The Royal School in Enniskillen, Dublin, 1864; Trinity College, Dublin, 1871; Magdalen College, Oxford, England, 1874

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