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The Devoted Friend: Introduction
The Devoted Friend: Plot Summary
The Devoted Friend: Detailed Summary & Analysis
The Devoted Friend: Themes
The Devoted Friend: Quotes
The Devoted Friend: Characters
The Devoted Friend: Symbols
The Devoted Friend: Theme Wheel
Brief Biography of Oscar Wilde
Historical Context of The Devoted Friend
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- Full Title: The Devoted Friend
- When Written: Unknown
- Where Written: London, England
- When Published: 1888
- Literary Period: Victorian
- Genre: Fairytale, Satire
- Setting: Pond (frame story), Countryside (central story)
- Climax: Little Hans drowns while doing yet another favor for the Miller.
- Antagonist: The Miller
- Point of View: Third person
Extra Credit for The Devoted Friend
Witticisms and Criticisms. At the end of the tale, when the Linnet tells the Water-rat that his story has a moral, the Water-rat gives a disdainful response: “I think you should have told me that before you began. If you had done so, I certainly would not have listened to you; in fact, I should have said ‘Pooh,’ like the critic.” With this, Wilde implies that critics haughtily condemn works before they’ve even read them.