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

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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