Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Another cup. Naples - they had a curious encounter.  A stranger hearing them speak in English asked whether he might join them over their coffee....there was something familiar....he kept them charmed by his wit for more than an hour before he said goodbye.  They didn't exchange names even at parting and he left them to pay for his drink which was certainly not coffee....they realized...the stranger was Oscar Wilde, who not very long before had been  released from prison..."'How lonely he must have been to have expended so much time and wit on a couple of schoolmasters on holiday." It never occurred to him that Wilde was paying for his drink in the only currency he had.

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