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The Picture of Dorian Gray

The Picture of Dorian Gray


by Oscar Wilde

Sybil Vane Timeline and Summary

  • Dorian sees Sibyl at a performance of Romeo and Juliet and falls in love with the actress after he comes backstage; she dubs him "Prince Charming."
  • Sibyl and Dorian quickly become engaged.
  • James comes to visit her before sailing away for Australia.
  • They go on a walk through the park together and Sibyl fantasizes about James' future.
  • She denies that Prince Charming is any threat to her.
  • On the night when Dorian, Lord Henry, and Basil have come to watch her perform, Sibyl performs badly.
  • Backstage, she tells Dorian joyously that she has realized the farce of the stage now that real love has entered her life.
  • Dorian breaks up with her brutally, despite her crying and begging.
  • Sibyl commits suicide by poison.