"I am jealous of everyhting whose beauty does not die. I am jealous
of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose?
Every moment that passes takes something from me, and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now!"
"(...) They say he has sold himself to the devil for a
pretty face. It's nigh on eighteen years since I met him. He hasn't changed much
since then". (pag. 181)
"For the wonderful beauty that had so fascinated
Basil Hallward, and many other besides him, seemed never to leave him". (pag. 121)