By Wilde, Oscar; Jackson, Russell; Eltis, Sos
Wilde's dramatic masterpiece set in London. a few of the issues of an awesome Husband have been inspired by means of the placement Oscar Wilde chanced on himself in throughout the early Eighteen Nineties. "Sooner or later we will all need to pay for what we do. yet nobody will be fullyyt judged by means of their past."
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LADY CHILTERN. Why did you wish to meet my husband, Mrs. Cheveley? MRS. CHEVELEY. Oh, I will tell you. I wanted to interest him in this Argentine Canal scheme, of which I dare say you have heard. And I found him most susceptible,—susceptible to reason, I mean. A rare thing in a man. I converted him in ten minutes. He is going to make a speech in the House to-morrow night in favour of the idea. We must go to the Ladies’ Gallery and hear him! It will be a great occasion! LADY CHILTERN. There must be some mistake.
MRS. ] Indeed? I have forgotten all about my schooldays. I have a vague impression that they were detestable. LADY CHILTERN. ] I am not surprised! MRS. CHEVELEY. ] Do you know, I am quite looking forward to meeting your clever husband, Lady Chiltern. Since he has been at the Foreign Office, he has been so much talked of in Vienna. They actually succeed in spelling his name right in the newspapers. That in itself is fame, on the continent. LADY CHILTERN. I hardly think there will be much in common between you and my husband, Mrs.
SIR ROBERT CHILTERN. ] I was mistaken in the view I took. We all may make mistakes. LADY CHILTERN. But you told me yesterday that you had received the report from the Commission, and that it entirely condemned the whole thing. SIR ROBERT CHILTERN. ] I have reasons now to believe that the Commission was prejudiced, or, at any rate, misinformed. Besides, Gertrude, public and private life are different things. They have different laws, and move on different lines. LADY CHILTERN. They should both represent man at his highest.