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The way we were: Random acts of kindness from the past

"Oscar Wilde, I pity you because you must be suffering more than we"

By Ian Irvine   Winter Special

Wilde in 1889


Thomas De Quincey records his time, aged 17, when he lived close to starvation in London in the company of Ann, a 15-year-old prostitute: “One night, after a day when I had felt more than usually ill and faint, I requested her to turn off with me into Soho Square. Suddenly, I grew much worse. I felt an inner conviction, that without some reviving stimulus I should have died on the spot. Then it was that my poor orphan companion, who had met…

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