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During the rehearsal of one of his plays, Oscar went to a place with Sir. Herbert Beerbohm-Tree to have some lunch. He ordered a watercress sandwich, which in due course was brought to him. The sandwich was unusually thick and unwieldy and the dramatist was somewhat inconvenienced. At the end of the meal he informed the waiter thus: ’Tell the cook of this restaurant with the compliments of Mr. Oscar Wilde that these were the worst sandwiches in the world and that, when I ask for a watercress sandwich I do not mean a loaf with a field in the middle of it.’
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The famous Punch cartoonist Bernard
Partridge was present when Wilde and Bernard Shaw met each other in the room of a common friend. Wilde was already a success and Shaw was just at the beginning of his literary career and not in the least timid of his talents. Encouraged by Wilde Shaw dwelt at length of a pet project he had in mind. He wanted to start a magazine. As Shaw paused Wilde said, ’That has all been very interesting Mr. Shaw; but there is one point you haven’t mentioned, an all important one-you haven’t told us the title of your magazine.’
Shaw was sure that he had to impress the force of his personality on the reading public. ‘I’d call it Shaw’s Magazine. Banging his fist on the table, he said, ’SHAW! SHAW!’
‘Yes,’ said Wilde, ’How would you spell it?’ At this the crowd roared with laughter including Shaw.
3.
While Oscar Wilde was residing at 16 Tite Street, he was met by a tax-collector who for sometime was trying to meet him
‘I want to talk to you about your taxes.’
‘What taxes,’ exclaimed Wilde, ’What makes you think I should pay taxes?’
‘Well Sir,’ replied the tax-collector, ’you live in this house and sleep here!’
‘Ah yes, But then you see, I sleep so badly!’
benny

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