The Remarkable Rocket
by Oscar Wilde
The Remarkable Rocket is another fairytale for grown-ups. It tells of a firework whose immense pride gives him stratospheric illusions of grandeur ... with inevitable consequences. Other fireworks play cameo roles as individual manifestations of pride - clearly mocking the different characters who grace the public stage of every epoque. The story is wittily crafted and engagingly narrated. It is one of a number of short stories written by Oscar Wilde in which he reveals his yearning for the redemption that is only possible through Jesus Christ within the Roman Catholic Church. He lived a mostly sinful and tortured life, wrote sublime poetry and witty plays, was imprisoned for immorality and finally converted on his deathbed. This story is narrated by one of our faithful.