Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime by Oscar Wilde

A palmist predicts that Lord Arthur Savile will commit murder in the future,
so Lord Arthur lends destiny a hand.

During a reception hosted by Lady Windermere, Lord Arthur Savile has his palm read by the chiromantist Mr. Podgers who sees a most alarming future. Lord Arthur is destined to commit murder, according to the odd little man. This news provokes a crisis for Lord Arthur who feels the weight of the world upon his shoulders. He wants to forget all about it, but this would be the easy way out. No, it is his duty to fulfill his destiny and to make this heroic sacrifice for his fiancée Sybil Merton before their marriage, so that no wrongdoing will sully their union. Thus, Lord Arthur is determined to lend destiny a hand.

Text: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime and Other Stories
Published: 1891
Author: Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Type: Short Story
Genre: Satire, Crime
Duration: 01:18:00 (about 1 hour and 18 minutes)
File Size: 53.6 MB
Download: Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime – MP3

Recording Copyright © 2009 Nikolle Doolin

Main Characters:

  • Lord Arthur Savile (protagonist, young aristocrat, engaged to Sybil Merton)
  • Lady Windermere (wealthy and world-wise, introduces Lord Arthur to Mr. Podgers)
  • Mr. Septimus R. Podgers (A palm reader who amuses Lady Windermere, but upsets Lord Arthur with a dire prediction)
  • Sybil Merton (young aristocrat who is engaged to Lord Arthur and appears as the ideal virtuous and beautiful woman)