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What happened to Dorian’s mother and father in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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water7 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 2, 2008 at 7:57 AM via web

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What happened to Dorian’s mother and father in The Picture of Dorian Gray?

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 3, 2008 at 12:23 AM (Answer #1)

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Both of his parents are dead. Here is what eNotes has to say about them:

Dorian Gray is twenty years old when the novel begins. He is the grandson of Lord Kelso, and his mother was the beautiful Lady Margaret Devereux. Margaret married a man Lord Kelso did not approve of, and her father arranged for the man to be killed in a duel. Dorian’s mother died within a year, and Dorian was raised by his grandfather. When Dorian comes of age at twenty-one, he will inherit enough money to enable him to live comfortably.

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