To Willie's widow, Lily, and her new husband, Teixeira de Mattos,
Wilde said, "I am dying beyond my means. I will never outlive the
century. The English people would not stand for it. I am responsible
for the failure of the Exhibition: the English went away when they saw
me there so well-dressed and happy. The English know this too, and
they will not stand me any more." . . . To Alice Rothenstein Oscar
remarked, "I can't even afford to die."
-- Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)