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