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03:56 Mar 15, 2001
English to Romanian translations [Non-PRO] Art/Literary
English term or phrase:896, H.M. Prison, Reading
896, H.M. Prison, Reading
It was, let me say frankly, the sort of letter I would, in a happy if wilful moment,
have written to any graceful young man from either University who had sent me a
poem of his own making, certain that he would have sufficient wit or culture to
interpret rightly its fantastic phrases.
Look at the history of that letter! It passes from you into the hands of loathsome
companions; from him to a gang of blackmailers; copies of it are sent about
London to my friends, and to the manager of a theater where my work is being
performed: every construction but the right one is put upon it; Society is thrilled
with the absurd rumors that I have had to pay a huge sum of money for having
written an infamous letter to you; this forms the basis of your father's worst
attack; I produce the original letter myself in court to show what it really is; it is
denounced by your father's counsel as a revolting and insidious attempt to corrupt
innocence; ultimately it forms part of a criminal charge. The Crown takes it up;
the Judge sums it up with a little learning and much morality; I go to prison for it