He had merely shot an arrow into the air. Had it hit the mark? How fascinating the lad was!

– Oscar Wilde

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Chapter 2. A sporting metaphor is used here to describe Lord Henry’s attempt to influence Dorian by setting out his hedonistic philosophy to him. Henry’s arrow does hit the mark as his words strike a chord with the young man who is full of admiration for Henry’s intellect.