The Chilterns are hosting a reception. Act I also deals extensively with the role of women in society, and the dialogue between Sir Robert and Mrs. If he proposed at the top of his voice, I should not mind so much. If he proposed at the top of his voice, I should not mind so much. Cheveley refuses any money in exchange for the letter and leaves no negotiating room. Nevertheless, her last lines embody the message of the play: An ideal husband! She complains often that Tommy Trafford proposes to her in a most unpleasant manner.
Later, Lord Goring tricks her into admitting theft and successfully foils her scheme to destroy Robert Chiltern and his marriage. And I don't believe anybody else does either. Lady Chiltern pauses in horror, her fingers outstretched, and flings herself down beside a sofa, sobbing like a child. Lord Goring and Mabel converse and Mabel finds a brooch half-hidden in a sofa. The party exemplifies much of the play's tendency towards quick and witty conversation.
Read an Lady Gertrude Chiltern - A woman of grave Greek beauty and twenty-seven years of age, Lady Chiltern embodies the Victorian new woman: upright, virtuous, educated, politically engaged, and active in her husband's career. Musical people are so absurdly unreasonable. But he does it in a horrid confidential way. Lord Goring sympathizes with them, and they soon start gossiping about Mrs. Sir Robert Chiltern Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a member of English society, and married to the honest and respectable Lady Chiltern, Sir Robert Chiltern is the hero of the play.
After some banter, Mabel excuses herself to go play tableaux at Lady Basildon's. Cheveley, who attended school with Lady Chiltern, is dishonest, selfish, and manipulative. Through this unscrupulous act Sir Robert made his current fortune, and Mrs. Character List Note: Critics often describe Wilde's characters as one-dimensional. Tommy really does nothing but propose to me.
Lord Caversham approaches his son and demands to know what he is doing at the party. Cheveley, whom Goring was once engaged to, reveals her blackmail scheme. Wilde seems to be saying that's only natural, and that Mabel has come to this conclusion naturally. Lording Goring then turns to Mabel Chiltern and the two easily fall into a flirtatious banter. When presented with his request for a moral compromise, Lady Chiltern refuses. When Tommy wants to be romantic he talks to one just like a doctor.
Cheveley is the vicious and opportunistic villainness, a disciple of the deceased Baron Arnheim who values wealth and power above all. Lady Markby arrives at the party and notes that people now marry as many times as possible because it is in fashion. Goring requests a list of last night's guests and, having reconfirmed a riding date tomorrow with Mabel, leaves the scene. For Sir Robert, true love should always forgive. She wears a purple heliotrope gown, bright red lipstick, and has red hair.
Sir Robert starts at the name and appears distraught. The unexpected visitors then explain that they have come for a diamond brooch of Mrs. Lord Goring Lord Goring is a very clever and dashing man who lives a life of simple luxury and avoids professional pursuits. Lord Goring is quite successful in these endeavors and in fact proves to be a hero of the play. We will report on his characters accordingly. Tommy really does nothing but propose to me.
Read an Lord Goring - Of impeccable dress and inimitable wit, Lord Goring is the play's thirty-something dandified philosopher, an idle aristocrat who serves as a thinly veiled double for Wilde himself. Mason Sir Robert Chiltern's Butler, he announces all guests at the Chiltern home. She begs him to continue being the honorable man she knows and loves and to not kill her love for him. The , a young anglophile who spices up the play with comical malapropisms, approaches as Lady Chiltern moves off, and flirts with Mrs. Lady Chiltern states that her love for Sir Robert rests on his ideal morality, purity and honesty.
As with Wilde's other dandies, he functions as a figure for modern art of living and the aestheticist creed, particularly in his encounters with his stuffy father, Lord Caversham. This section contains 1,260 words approx. When Tommy wants to be romantic he talks to one just like a doctor. Lord Goring immediately recognizes it and explains that he gave it someone as a gift years ago. Cheveley's words suggest a more traditional view of women; that women cannot be understood and should be viewed as aesthetic pieces of art. Much of the action takes place in the Chiltern home's Octagonal room.
The most notable character that presents a false veneer in this social event is Mrs. Marchmont's claim of abhorring education, and Lord Goring's claim that the only thing he knows anything about is nothing. Lady Gertrude Chiltern Sir Robert Chiltern's extremely beautiful twenty-seven year old wife, champion of the Higher Education of women, a member of the Woman's Liberal Association, and a moral, upstanding citizen. Marchmont - Lady Basildon and Mrs. Caversham also admits being sick of London Society while Mabel thinks it is lovely and composed of beautiful idiots and brilliants lunatics, Lord Goring included. Really, the things that go on in front of that work of art are quite appalling.