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
The theme is mundane. I don't know how many times a book of similar thematic nature came up at that time when Wilde wrote it, i.e. more than 100 years ago. But the rift between lovers, distance between h...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
I didn't read the play but I watched a 2004 film adaptation entitled A Good Woman.
WIKI SAYS: "A 2004 film adaptation, entitled A Good Woman, switched the setting to the Amalfi coast of Italy, made the Windermeres Mr. & Mrs., and updated the time frame to 1930. The film stars Helen Hunt, Mark Umbers, Scarlett Johansson, Stephen Campbell Moore, and Tom Wilkinson."
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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
Oscar Wilde’s mannered comedy of manners has been much staged, and it’s easy to see why: the dialogue flashes with wit, there are themes to explore if you are thus inclined, and there are...more
After reading "The Importance of Being Earnest" I came across this title and I thought, if this was going to be as amusing as the Importance than I'm going to enjoy it. And I definitely did.
Lady WIndermere, a "fascinating puritan" discovers, with horror, that her husband has been unfiathful to her with a mysterious Mrs Erlynne. There were so many good quotes, like:
About tea: "We have just had tea at Lady Markby's. Such bad tea, to...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
Surprisingly, this is my first Wilde play (I enjoyed The Picture of Dorian Gray long ago), but he’s one of those relentlessly quotable writers, so it was strange to read so many of those quipped lines in context. In some wa...more