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Lady Windermere's Fan by Oscar Wilde
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Jun 29, 2010

it was amazing
Read in June, 2010

Wilde’s wonderful play is both amusing and poignant, in that respect even a greater work than the merely amusing, “The Importance of Being Earnest.” Oh yes, it is filled with the usual scintillating aphorisms that charm and delight us, particularly in Act III:

“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 it.”

But this play has greater depths than that, digging deeper into anguished human emotions. It provokes thought as well as providing amusement, and in so doing it tells us much about Wilde himself, his own sensitivities and depths of feeling and understanding. I’ve never seen it performed and look forward to that experience.

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Jason Knighte that sounds pretty nice, I will have to look into it a little bit more, but I think that it is something that I would like.


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