"The Selfish Giant."
Manuscript in the hand of Constance Wilde, signed by Oscar Wilde, ca. 1888. 8 p., including cover sheet
Gift of Lucia Moreira Salles, 2008
has31 dared to wound thee?" For on the palms of the child's hands were the prints of two nails, and the prints of two nails were on his32 feet.
"Who has31 dared to wound you? "33 cried the Giant; "tell me, that I may take my big sword and slay him."
"Nay!" answered the child: "but this was done many years ago, that all men might be saved." 34
"Who art thou?" said the Giant, and a strange awe fell on him, and he knelt before the little child.
And the child smiled on the Giant, and said to him, "You let me play once in your garden, to-day you will35 come with me to my garden, which is Paradise."
And when the children ran in that afternoon, they found the Giant lying dead under the tree, all covered with white blossoms.
31For publication, "has" was changed to "hath."
32For publication, "his" was changed to "the little."
33For publication, "you" was changed to "thee."
34For publication, "this was done many years ago, that all men might be saved" was changed to "these are the wounds of Love."
35For publication, "will" was changed to "shall."