Lady Windermere's Fan
"... scandal is gossip made tedious by morality."
"In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it."
"What is a cynic?...A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"That is the worst of women. They always want one to be good. And if we are good, when they meet us, they...more
I have never seen a good performance of it. In fact, it has produced several of the worst stage productions I have ever seen. The play seems to lends itself to stilted acting and un-motivated action. Worse than that, is watching modern actresses who seem to confuse overt sexuality with flirtation, attempt to reproduce the witty and mannered seductions. And if that...more
This was the earliest successful Wilde play and it does show some rough edges. The main character, Lady Windermere, is an unappealing puritan, an unlikely target for her besotte...more
LADY WINDERMERE: I did not ask her. He insisted on her coming - against my entreaties - against my commands. Oh! the house is tainted for me! I feel that every woman here sneers at me as she dances by with my husband. What I have done to deserve this? I gave him all my life. He took it - used it - spoiled it! I am degraded in my own eyes; and I lack courage - I...more
This play concerns Lady Windermere who believed, influenced by gossip from the 'Duchess of Berwick, that her husband may be having an affair with a certain, 'mysterious', Mrs Erlynne. Initially resistant to Mr. Darlington's 'advances' and confessions of love for her, Lady Windermere, howev...more
Lady Windermere's Fan rather than focussing on the characteristic wit of Wilde's far more famous plays is a smart play. It's plot i...more
London im 19. Jahrhundert: Lady Windermere arbeitet an den letzten Vorbereitungen für ihren 21. Geburtstag. Doch genau an diesem Tag erfährt sie, dass ihr Ehemann häufig bei einer Mrs Erlynne zu Besuch ist, die einen sehr zweifelhaften Ruf hat. Als sie dann auch noch erfährt, dass ihr Ehemann dieser Frau größere Geldsummen zukommen lässt, steht die junge Ehe kurz vor dem Aus.
Der Ehemann besteht zwar darauf, unschuldig zu sein, möchte aber, dass seine Frau Mrs. Erlynne zu ihrem Geburtstag...more
အဖြဲ ့အစည္းအသိုင္းအဝိုင္းမွာ ဝင္ဆံ့ေအာင္ထိန္းထိန္းသိမ္းသိမ္းေနထိုင္ခဲ့ရာမွ တစ္ေန ့မွာ မိမိခင္ပြန္းေလာ့ဒ္ဝင္ဒါမီယာကိုယ္တိုင္ဟာ ေအာက္တန္းစားအမ်ဳိးသမီးလို ့နာမည္ၾကီးေနတဲ့ တစ္ခုလပ္ Mrs. အဲႏုိင္း နဲ ့ ပုံမွန္မဟုတ္တဲ့ပတ္သက္မွဳကို သိသြားတဲ့အခါမွာေတာ့.....
A lot of people probably think "homosexual undertones/overtones" when they're reading Oscar Wilde's work, but tha...more
Once again "L...more
Oscar Wilde's most popular work is of course The Importance of Being Earnest. It's on my to-read list, and if Lady Windermere's Fan is a valid preview of Wilde's style and wit, then I guess I shouldn't wait any longer in reading his other play.
Lady Windermere's Fan is a short easy read, but indeed full of charm and wit! Set i...more
Like The Importance of Being Earnest, this play involves some dishonesties, some false pretenses, and so very little communication.
In other words, it's great fun.
I might have enjoyed this more than The Importance of Being Earnest, only because I knew that story going into it, and this was entirely new for me. While the situation is familiar and done to death (by now in the 21st-century), Wilde wrote with a freshness that is undeniable. Maybe it...more
This is the second play by Oscar Wilde I've read and now I can say that this is the very genre which reveals his talent most clearly. Again A lot of puns and paradoxes (which Oscar Wilde is famous for by the way) and nearly each line is worth citing. Simply perfect.
As for the peculiarities of this very lay fist of all I should point out the plot. The events are arranged in a very curious way and i must confess I never could guess while reading what would happen next, to say nothing of the end of...more
“Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistakes.”
“A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.”
“In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting...more
"I can resist everything except temptation"
"We're all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars"
"There are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the o...more
"Между мъж и жена приятелство не може да съществува. Страст, ненавист, обожание, любов, да, но не и приятелство."
"Всички се валяме в калта, но някои от нас поглеждат към звездите"
"На този свят има само две нещастия. Едното е да не получиш това, което желаеш, а другото е да го получиш. Второто е далеч по-лошо, то е истинското нещастие."
"- Колко вре...more
Redeeming this somewhat is that the play is stuffed to the gills with tasty aphorisms, quotes that you probably know but didn't know where they originated.
Ultimately it's a problem that the quotes hold up but the central plot doesn't. The ending is abrupt. Lady Windermere is unappealing. Many of...more
The plot is about Lady Winderemere who goes from being a pillar of Victorian society to a woman of wandering morals. The woman who pulls her up is the one she suspected of being her husband's mistress. It's a comedy of society manners and morals with acerbic repartees and funny quips, in the great Oscar Wilde tradition.
Now, more than 100 years later, it still has a thought provoking dept...more
The dialogue is witty especially in the III act I kept going back to it and laugh every time! ✔ checked.
the writing? come on it's Wilde! He invents words and amaze you with every line he writes! ✔ checked.
Morals? Well, in this play Wilde is kinda mocking of the morals of the Victorian's society back then, and how must of people are judging each other according to their appearance & their reputations they never actually try to give others a chance to show themselves truly. It also shows a dee...more
I found the play very amusing and utterly observant and smart, with remarks on the human nature and its tendency to label people and judge them. In the end, no one is entirely bad or entirely good, and nothing is supposed to be viewed in white and black shades exclusively.
I love the cynicism in it as well. Dumby and Cecil Graham are real entertaining characters, with that insightful conversation between the men in A...more
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
"Experience is a question of instinct about life."
"Men become old, but they never become good."
"I am the only person in the world I sho...more
Lady Windermere's Fan is not my favorite of the Wilde plots. We may be so far removed from the moral sensibilities of the 19th century that the histrionics over mistaken intentions can only read as melodrama.
Even the wacky Wilde one-liners are a tad more overblown than witty ("We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the star...more