If the opening chapters position the three main characters in a triangular relationship, wherein Lord Henry and Basil vie for Dorian’s soul and affections, Lord Henry quickly wins at the end of Chapter Three. In Dorian’s declaration that he will miss his appointment with Basil in order to hear Lord Henry speak, we see that Lord Henry’s hopes to dominate and influence the young man have more or less been fulfilled. Dorian gives his affections over largely because of Lord Henry’s conversational skill; he asks Lord Henry to “promise to talk to me all the time.” Indeed, Lord Henry is a great talker, a wonderful philosopher of “the new Hedonism,” but, unlike Dorian, he acts on nothing that would damage his respectable reputation or life.