Mabel Chiltern....

An Ideal Husband

Act 1



Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 1
  • : 1
Age Ranges
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
Style
Period
Time/Place
England, 1890s
Act/Scene
Act 1

Scene Context

Mabel and Lord Goring are at a dinner party hosted by Sir Robert Chiltern, Mabel's brother. Mabel

Scene Text

Mabel Chiltern. You are very late!

Lord Goring. Have you missed me?

Mabel Chiltern. Awfully!

Lord Goring. Then I am sorry I did not stay away longer. I like being missed.

Mabel Chiltern. How very selfish of you!

Lord Goring. I am very selfish.

Mabel Chiltern. You are always telling me of your bad qualities, Lord Goring.

Lord Goring. I have only told you half of them as yet, Miss Mabel!

Mabel Chiltern. Are the others very bad?

Lord Goring. Quite dreadful! When I think of them at night I go to sleep at once.

Mabel Chiltern. Well, I delight in your bad qualities. I wouldn’t have you part with one of them.

Lord Goring. How very nice of you! But then you are always nice. By the way, I want to ask you a

question, Miss Mabel. Who brought Mrs. Cheveley here? That woman in heliotrope, who has just gone

out of the room with your brother?

Mabel Chiltern. Oh, I think Lady Markby brought her. Why do you ask?

Lord Goring. I haven’t seen her for years, that is all.

Mabel Chiltern. What an absurd reason!

Lord Goring. All reasons are absurd.

Mabel Chiltern. What sort of a woman is she?

Lord Goring. Oh! a genius in the daytime and a beauty at night!

Mabel Chiltern. I dislike her already.

Lord Goring. That shows your admirable good taste.

Oscar Wilde An Ideal Husband Act 1

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