||Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
Arthur Savile's Crime, first published in 1887, opens at Lady Windermere's
society soirŽe in London. A chiromantist, Mr Septimus Podgers, has been
brought to the party to entertain the assembled guests. All goes well until
he examines Lord Arthur Savile's hand: "Podgers grew curiously pale, and
said nothing. A shudder seemed to pass through him. Then some huge beads
of perspiration broke out on his yellow forehead, like a poisonous dew,
and his fat fingers grew cold and clammy...."