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The Marquess of QueensberryWilde's Nemesis$
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Linda Stratmann

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780300173802

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300173802.001.0001

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Wounded Feelings

Wounded Feelings

(p.174) Chapter 14 Wounded Feelings
The Marquess of Queensberry

Linda Stratmann

Yale University Press

This chapter describes the wounded feelings of Queensberry on his return from the Continent in 1893. Bosie had left Oxford without a degree, having failed to turn up for his final exams in June. Queensberry was understandably angry and wrote what Wilde later described as a very vulgar, violent, and abusive letter. The letter Bosie sent his father in reply was in every way worse. Bosie claimed that he missed the examinations because of illness and might have taken his degree later, but that his father was happy for him not to, saying that he had never known a degree to be worth two pence to anybody. Just as Queensberry blamed his children's perceived defects on the Montgomerys, Sybil blamed the Douglases for Bosie's terrible legacy. Wilde also blamed the Douglas heredity for the family woes.

Keywords:   Queensberry, Bosie, Wilde, legacy

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