They attempt to win the hearts of two women who, conveniently, claim to only love men called Ernest. The pair struggle to keep up with their own stories and become tangled in a tale of deception, disguise and misadventure.
The upper class guests spend the better part of Act I exchanging social gossip and small talk. Lady Caroline Pontrefact patronizes an American visitor, Hester Worsley, and proceeds to give her own opinion of everyone in the room and her surrounding life.
Gerald offers to take Hester for a walk, leaving the remaining guests to gossip further about their social lives. He declines their thanks for his hiring of Gerald Arbuthnot and says that he hired him out of personal interest.
Lord Illingworth remains near Mrs.
A footman enters with a letter from Mrs. Arbuthnot, stating that she will arrive to the party after dinner. When Illingworth and Mrs. Allonby return, the remaining guests have already moved to have tea in another room. The two characters have a witty conversation involving marriage and women and men until Gerald and Hester enter the room.
They have some short small talk, and Lord Illingworth and Mrs. Allonby are again left alone. Their aim of discussion turns toward Hester when Mrs. Allonby reprehends the young American for her casual talk of being eighteen and a Puritan.
Allonby, claiming that he has never met a woman so puritanical as Hester that she would steadfastly resist all and any advances. Allonby asserts that Hester is sincere in her desire to be left alone, but Illingworth interprets her remarks as a playful challenge.
Lord Illingworth notices Mrs. Allonby asks who the handwriting reminds him of, he carelessly mentions "a woman of no importance. Lord Illingworth enters shortly after, and Gerald uses the opportunity to introduce him to Mrs. The three share an uncomfortable exchange, as Mrs. Lord Illingworth excuses himself, and Lady Hunstanton calls everyone into her music-room soon after.
Illingworth, however, asks to remain behind to speak with Mrs. What follows is the revelation that Gerald is the illegitimate child of Mrs. Arbuthnot and Lord Illingworth, once known as George Harford. Arbuthnot and George Harford conceived a child, yet Harford refused to marry Arbuthnot.
Harford had offered to provide financial security through his mother, but according to Mrs. Arbuthnot, it was his refusal to marry that forced her to leave him and live an arduous life as a scandalous single mother.
Arbuthnot retains a strong bitterness toward Illingworth, yet also begs him to leave her son alone, expressing that after twenty years of being a mother, Gerald is all she has. She refuses to allow Gerald to stay with his father, but Illingworth questions how she will force Gerald to do what she wants.
Arbuthnot that Gerald should be able to choose his own future. Gerald then enters, and Lord Illingworth assures him and his mother that Gerald has the highest qualities that the man had hoped for in a secretary. Illingworth demands any other reason for Mrs.
Arbuthnot says that she has no other reason. Gerald speaks of his admiration and protective attitude toward his mother, expressing that she is a great woman and wondering why she has never told him of his father. Lord Illingworth agrees that his mother is a great woman, but he further explains that great women have certain limitations that inhibit the desires of young men.
Leading the conversation into a cynical talk about society and marriage, Lord Illingworth says that he has never been married and that Gerald will have a new life under his wing. Soon the other guests enter, and Lord Illingworth entertains them with his invigorating views on a variety of subjects, such as comedy and tragedy, savages, and world society.
Everything Lord Illingworth has to say opposes the norm and excites his company, leaving Mrs.
Arbuthnot room to say that she would be sorry to hold his views. Allonby leave to look at the moon.
Gerald attempts to follow, but his mother protests and ask him to take her home. Gerald says that he must first say goodbye to Lord Illingworth and also reveals that he will be going to India with him at the end of the month.A monologue from the play by Oscar Wilde.
NOTE: This monologue is reprinted from A Woman of No regardbouddhiste.com Wilde.
London: Methuen & Co., THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY Lord Illingworth Sir John Pontefract Lord Alfred Rufford Mr. Kelvil, M.P.
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