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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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  • How perfectly hideous they are!
  • He would become dreadful, hideous, and uncouth.
  • A few wild weeks of happiness cut short by a hideous, treacherous crime.
  • A hideous Jew, in the most amazing waistcoat I ever beheld in my life, was standing at the entrance, smoking a vile cigar.
  • For a moment a hideous sense of humiliation came over the woman.
  • We degenerate into hideous puppets, haunted by the memory of the passions of which we were too much afraid, and the exquisite temptations that we had not the courage to yield to.
  • I was afraid you were going to say good-bye to some of your friends—to Tom Hardy, who gave you that hideous pipe, or Ned Langton, who makes fun of you for smoking it.
  • Some day, when you are old and wrinkled and ugly, when thought has seared your forehead with its lines, and passion branded your lips with its hideous fires, you will feel it, you will feel it terribly.
  • It might escape the hideousness of sin, but the hideousness of age was in store for it.
  • It might escape the hideousness of sin, but the hideousness of age was in store for it.
  • Why should he watch the hideous corruption of his soul?
  • For weeks he would not go there, would forget the hideous painted thing, and get back his light heart, his wonderful joyousness, his passionate absorption in mere existence.
  • The fantastic character of these instruments fascinated him, and he felt a curious delight in the thought that Art, like Nature, has her monsters, things of bestial shape and with hideous voices.
  • An exclamation of horror broke from the painter’s lips as he saw in the dim light the hideous face on the canvas grinning at him.
  • Such hideous things were for the darkness, not for the day.
  • The hideous hunger for opium began to gnaw at him.
  • A half-caste, in a ragged turban and a shabby ulster, grinned a hideous greeting as he thrust a bottle of brandy and two tumblers in front of them.
  • As he drew the curtain aside a hideous laugh broke from the painted lips of the woman who had taken his money.
  • But perhaps it had been only his fancy that had called vengeance out of the night, and set the hideous shapes of punishment before him.
  • Each hideous detail came back to him with added horror.
  • The whole thing is hideous and cruel.
  • Life had suddenly become too hideous a burden for him to bear.
  • Yes, he would be good, and the hideous thing that he had hidden away would no longer be a terror to him.
  • It would kill this monstrous soul-life, and, without its hideous warnings, he would be at peace.
  • It is a hideous subject.
  • To-night, for the first time, I became conscious that the Romeo was hideous, and old, and painted, that the moonlight in the orchard was false, that the scenery was vulgar, and that the words I had to speak were unreal, were not my words, were not what I wanted to say.
  • He would examine with minute care, and sometimes with a monstrous and terrible delight, the hideous lines that seared the wrinkling forehead, or crawled around the heavy sensual mouth, wondering sometimes which were the more horrible, the signs of sin or the signs of age.
  • Yes: that blind, slow-breathing thing crawled no more, and horrible thoughts, Time being dead, raced nimbly on in front, and dragged a hideous future from its grave, and showed it to him.
  • And yet I see you very seldom, and you never come down to the studio now, and when I am away from you, and I hear all these hideous things that people are whispering about you, I don’t know what to say.
  • If in some hideous dissecting-room or fetid laboratory you found this man lying on a leaden table with red gutters scooped out in it for the blood to flow through, you would simply look upon him as an admirable subject.
  • Dim and wavering as was the wind-blown light, yet it served to show him the hideous error, as it seemed, into which he had fallen, for the face of the man he had sought to kill had all the bloom of boyhood, all the unstained purity of youth.
  • He felt a terrible joy at the thought that someone else was to share his secret, and that the man who had painted the portrait that was the origin of all his shame was to be burdened for the rest of his life with the hideous memory of what he had done.
  • Certainly with hideous iteration the bitten lips of Dorian Gray shaped and reshaped those subtle words that dealt with soul and sense, till he had found in them the full expression, as it were, of his mood, and justified, by intellectual approval, passions that without such justification would still have dominated his temper.
  • I can’t bear the idea of my soul being hideous."

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  • The beast had hideous fangs.
  • He had a hideous scar running from his forehead to his jaw.

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