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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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grotesque
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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  • The waving of crooked, false-jewelled fingers gave grotesqueness to the words.
  • They were both as grotesque as the scenery, and that looked as if it had come out of a country-booth.
  • He had seen grotesque children huddled upon doorsteps, and heard shrieks and oaths from gloomy courts.
  • Three times the outstretched arms shot up convulsively, waving grotesque stiff-fingered hands in the air.
  • Dorian winced, and looked round at the grotesque things that lay in such fantastic postures on the ragged mattresses.
  • He never knew—never, indeed, had any cause to know—that somewhat grotesque dread of mirrors, and polished metal surfaces, and still water, which came upon the young Parisian so early in his life, and was occasioned by the sudden decay of a beauty that had once, apparently, been so remarkable.
  • The brain had its own food on which it battened, and the imagination, made grotesque by terror, twisted and distorted as a living thing by pain, danced like some foul puppet on a stand, and grinned through moving masks.
  • —more horrible, it seemed to him for the moment, than the silent thing that he knew was stretched across the table, the thing whose grotesque misshapen shadow on the spotted carpet showed him that it had not stirred, but was still there, as he had left it.
  • …sometimes wakened before dawn, either after one of those dreamless nights that make us almost enamoured of death, or one of those nights of horror and misshapen joy, when through the chambers of the brain sweep phantoms more terrible than reality itself, and instinct with that vivid life that lurks in all grotesques, and that lends to Gothic art its enduring vitality, this art being, one might fancy, especially the art of those whose minds have been troubled with the malady of reverie.

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  • The disease causes grotesque deformity.
  • It is the result of a grotesque system that distorts good intentions into evil actions.

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