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I found this quote on Goodreads, and liked it so much that I decided to read Lady Windermere's Fan.
Ah! The things we do for love!
It's a beautifully written four-act play that occurs within a day's time.
Everyone is getting prepped up for Lady Windermere's birthday ball. Lady Windermere suspects her husband, Arthur Windermere, is cheating on her with some Mrs. Erlynne. Arthur denies any such affair, and despite Lady Windermere's objection, he invites Mrs. Erlynne to her birthday ball.
That's when the truth starts to unfold.
Apart from the very first quote that I mentioned, some more that I highlighted are:
"We make gods of men and they leave us. Others make brutes of them and they fawn and are faithful."
"Men are such cowards. They outrage every law of the world, and are afraid of the world's tongue."
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. The last is much the worst; the last is a real tragedy!"
"A man who moralises is usually a hypocrite, and a woman who moralises is invariably plain."
"What are called good women may have terrible things in them, mad moods of recklessness, assertion, jealousy, sin. Bad women, as they are termed may have in them sorrow, repentance, pity sacrifice."
"Cecil Graham: What is a cynic?
Lord Darlington: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.
Cecil Graham: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing."
"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious."
"Ideals are dangerous things. Realities are better. They wound, but they're better."
"What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us."
So much wit and wisdom in such a short play!
The movie A Good Woman starring Scarlet Johansen and Helen Hunt is based on this brilliant play. Treat yourself to both.
Nevertheless, the movie "A good woman" (Helen Hunt, Scarlett Johansson) is, in my opinion, a witty, clever adaptation. In some instances, it enhances the original (something rather rare in movie adaptations).
In fact, I first watched the movie and only afterwards read the book. And realised that some typical Oscar Wilde "remarks" were in fact new in the movie!
I enjoy Victorian morays, and I really like that Oscar Wilde had a first-hand and satirical spin on the Victorian this play. If a reader enjoys the perspective of, lets say, Pride and Predjudice, they will enjoy the counter-point of the darker side of so much Victorian control. That said, this is a work of humor and you care about the characters because both the Lord Windemere and his presumed mistress Mrs. Erlynne hide an amusing secret.
I hope you enjoy this work as much as I do.
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and my granddaughter is acting in this play next weekend. I need to know the plot so I can enjoy watching the play.