By Oscar Wilde
This quantity comprises every thing Wilde wrote in dramatic form.
Wilde's masterpiece the significance of Being Earnest is outlined the following in its ordinary three-act shape, yet with an appendix containing the simplest fabric from the unique four-act model. additionally integrated are his 3 'problem plays', woman Windermere's Fan, a lady of No value and an excellent Husband, in addition to his once-banned Salome and several little-known yet interesting dramas. H. Montgomery Hyde, an said professional on Wilde and writer of a number of books on him, offers an advent to Wilde's lifestyles and paintings with exact realization to the composition and function of the plays.
"Wilde is to me our in basic terms thorough playwright. He performs with every little thing: with wit, with philosophy, with drama, with actors and audiences, with the entire theatre" (George Bernard Shaw)
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Status C. ). I occasionally want you had. I must have been spared then the distress, the anxiousness, the annoyance of the final six months. yet instead of my spouse should still know—that the mum whom she used to be taught to think about as lifeless, the mum whom she has mourned as useless, is living—a divorced girl, going approximately below an assumed identify, a nasty lady preying upon existence, as i do know you presently to be—rather than that, i used to be able to provide you with cash to pay invoice after invoice, extravagance after extravagance, to probability what happened the day gone by, the 1st quarrel i've got ever had with my spouse. You don’t comprehend what that suggests to me. How LORD WINDERMERE 137 could you? yet I let you know that the single sour phrases that ever got here from these candy lips of hers have been in your account, and that i hate to work out you subsequent her. You sully the innocence that's in her. (Moves L. C. ) after which I used to imagine that with your entire faults you have been frank and sincere. you're not. MRS. ERLYNNE. Why do you are saying that? LORD WINDERMERE. You made me get you a call for participation to my wife’s ball. MRS. ERLYNNE. For my daughter’s ball—yes. LORD WINDERMERE. You got here, and inside an hour of your leaving the home you're present in a man’s rooms—you are disgraced prior to each. (Goes up degree C. ) MRS. ERLYNNE. definite. (turning around on her). hence i've got a correct to seem upon you as what you are—a valueless, vicious girl. i've got the appropriate to inform you by no means to go into this residence, by no means to aim to return close to my wife—— LORD WINDERMERE MRS. ERLYNNE (coldly). My daughter, you suggest. LORD WINDERMERE. you don't have any correct to assert her as your daughter. You left her, deserted her while she used to be yet a baby within the cradle, deserted her to your lover, who deserted you in flip. (rising). Do you count number that to his credits, Lord Windermere—or to mine? MRS. ERLYNNE 138 LORD WINDERMERE. MRS. ERLYNNE. To his, now that i do know you. Take care—you had greater be cautious. LORD WINDERMERE. Oh, i'm really not going to mince phrases for you. i do know you completely. MRS. ERLYNNE (looking progressively at him). I query that. LORD WINDERMERE. i know you. For 20 years of your existence you lived with no your baby, and not using a considered your baby. someday you learn within the papers that she had married a wealthy guy. You observed your hideous probability. You knew that to spare her the ignominy of studying lady such as you used to be her mom, i'd suffer something. You begun your blackmailing. (shrugging her shoulders). Don’t use grotesque phrases, Windermere. they're vulgar. I observed my likelihood, it really is precise, and took it. MRS. ERLYNNE LORD WINDERMERE. sure, you took it—and spoiled all of it final evening via being discovered. (with an odd smile). you're really correct, I spoiled all of it final evening. MRS. ERLYNNE LORD WINDERMERE. And as to your blunder in taking my wife’s fan from right here after which leaving it approximately in Darlington’s rooms, it's unpardonable. I can’t undergo the sight of it now. I shall by no means allow my spouse use it back. the item is dirty for me. you will have saved it and never introduced it again. 139 MRS. ERLYNNE. i believe I shall maintain it. (Goes up.