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The way we were: Random acts of kindness from the past

"Oscar Wilde, I pity you because you must be suffering more than we"

By Ian Irvine   Winter Special

Wilde in 1889

1802:

Thomas De Quincey records his time, aged 17, when he lived close to starvation in London in the company of Ann, a 15-year-old prostitute: “One night, after a day when I had felt more than usually ill and faint, I requested her to turn off with me into Soho Square. Suddenly, I grew much worse. I felt an inner conviction, that without some reviving stimulus I should have died on the spot. Then it was that my poor orphan companion, who had…

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