A Woman of No Importance

When Ernest and I were engaged, he swore

Mrs. Allonby

A Woman of No Importance

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Age Range
Act 2
Time & Place
England, 1890s
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

Mrs. Allonby is chatting with the other ladies after dinner. They chat about their husbands and the

Monologue Text

When Ernest and I were engaged, he swore to me positively on his knees that he had never loved any one before in the whole course of his life. I was very young at the time, so I didn’t believe him, I needn’t tell you. Unfortunately, however, I made no enquiries of any kind till after I had been actually married four or five months. I found out then that what he had told me was perfectly true. And that sort of thing makes a man so absolutely uninteresting. [...] Men always want to be a woman’s first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man’s last romance.

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