A Woman of No Importance

He should persistently compromise us in

Mrs. Allonby

A Woman of No Importance

See more monologues from Oscar Wilde



Basics

Character
Gender
Age Range
Style
Scene
Act 2
Time & Place
England, 1890s
Length
Time Period
Show Type

Monologue Context

The ladies have gathered together in the drawing room after dinner. Mrs. Allonby is holding court

Monologue Text

He should persistently compromise us in public, and treat us with absolute respect when we are alone. And yet he should be always ready to have a perfectly terrible scene, whenever we want one, and to become miserable, absolutely miserable, at a moment’s notice, and to overwhelm us with just reproaches in less than twenty minutes, and to be positively violent at the end of half an hour, and to leave us for ever at a quarter to eight, when we have to go and dress for dinner. And when, after that, one has seen him for really the last time, and he has refused to take back the little things he has given one, and promised never to communicate with one again, or to write one any foolish letters, he should be perfectly broken-hearted, and telegraph to one all day long, and send one little notes every half-hour by a private hansom, and dine quite alone at the club, so that every one should know how unhappy he was. And after a whole dreadful week, during which one has gone about everywhere with one’s husband, just to show how absolutely lonely one was, he may be given a third last parting, in the evening, and then, if his conduct has been quite irreproachable, and one has behaved really badly to him, he should be allowed to admit that he has been entirely in the wrong, and when he has admitted that, it becomes a woman’s duty to forgive, and one can do it all over again from the beginning, with variations.

[For full play text, see:
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/854/854-h/854-h.htm]




Half-Price Ticket Hot Sellers