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He wants Lord Henry and Basil Hallward to come to see her the next evening. His plan is to pay her manager off and set her up in a good theater. Lord Henry invites him to dinner that evening, but he refuses, saying he has to see her perform Imogen. He leaves.
Lord Henry thinks about what heís learned. He thinks of Dorian Gray as a good study. He likes to study people like a scientist studies the results of an experiment. He thinks of Dorian as being his own creation. He had introduced his ideas to Dorian and made him a self-conscious man. Literature often did that to people, but a strong personality like his could do it as well. As he thinks over his thoughts, heís interrupted by his servant reminding him itís time to dress for dinner. As he arrives home that night, he finds a telegram on the hall table announcing that Dorian Gray was to marry Sibyl Vane.
A month later, the relationship between Dorian and Lord Henry has developed just as Lord Henry wished. Dorian has avoided Basil Hallward and has become a protégé (follower) of Lord Henry, quoting him in everything and looking to him for guidance on all his decisions. Lord Henry is a spectator. He is setting up Dorian Gray with what he thinks of as premature knowledge, so that Dorian will live his youth in the full knowledge that it is fading daily. He recognizes that Dorian will burn out and he doesnít seem at all affected by this. He isnít jealous of Dorianís new passion for Sibyl Vane. It adds to his pleasure as a spectator. He regards himself as something of a social scientist.
The bigotry of the late Victorians is brought out in this chapter, expressed by Lord Henry about womenís inferior status as human beings and by Dorian Gray about the repulsiveness of Jews.
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