The Nightingale and the Rose

The Nightingale and the Rose

ISBN: 1430439866

ISBN 13: 9781430439868

Publication Date: September 15, 2006

Publisher: Kessinger Publishing

Pages: 12

Format: Paperback

Author: Oscar Wilde

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An allegorical fable of love, sacrifice and selfishness. As with all of Wilde's short stories it embodies strong moral values and is told with an effervescence akin to that of the 1001 nights.

It is the tale of a lovestruck student who must provide his lover with a red rose in order to win her heart. A nightingale overhearing his lament from a solitary oak tree is filled with sorrow and admiration all at once, and decides to help the poor young man.

She journeys through the night seeking the perfect red rose and finally comes across a rambling rose bush but alas, the bush has no roses to offer her. However, there is a way to MAKE a red rose, but with grave consequences.

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