Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband

Oscar Wilde: An Ideal Husband

Dover Publications

Wilde’s scintillating drawing-room comedy revolves around a blackmail scheme that forces a married couple to reexamine their moral standards. A supporting cast of young lovers, society matrons, and a formidable femme fatale exchange sparkling repartee, keeping the action of the play at a lively pace.



One should always play fairly... when one has the winning cards.

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Life is never fair [...]. And perhaps it is a good thing for most of us that it is not.

You prefer to be natural? [...] It is such a very difficult pose to keep up.

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There is one thing worse than an absolutely loveless marriage. A marriage in which there is love, but on one side only; faith, but on one side only; devotion, but on one side only, and in which of the two hearts one is sure to be broken.

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Questions are never indiscreet. Answers sometimes are.

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When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers.


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