What truth about true love is presented in "The Nightingale and the Rose?"

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It is arguable that the truth about true love that is presented in Oscar Wilde's short story "The Nightingale and the Rose" is that the idea of love, of true love, is different from person to person. However, only those who believe that love is not just caprice, are capable of even sacrificing their lives in the name of it.

In this story we have two characters who see love quite differently. First, we have the Oxford bachelor, a student who merely thinks that he is madly in love with a girl. He needs a red rose to give to the girl so that "she would dance with him til dawn" at the Prince's ball.

But the student has no red roses in his garden. What is he to do?

Here comes the Nightingale, a bird who has been listening to the woes of the student and truly believes that he is just a true believer in love, just like her.

Here at last is a true lover," said the Nightingale. "Night after night have I sung of him, though I knew him not: night after night have I told his story to the stars, and...

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