A Woman of No Importance
“After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations.”
“To get into the best society, nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people - that is all!”
“We in the House of Lords are never in touch with public opinion. That makes us a civilised body.”
Even if you have never come across these particular quotations before, you might be likely to ...more
Youshouldnevertry tounderstandthem. Women are pictures. Men areproblems. If youwant toknowwhat awoman really means which, by theway, is always adangerous thingto do lookather, don't listen toher
Elaborated Review soon.
This play had a wide cast of characters that allowed for social commentary. It created some witty conversations to include an American woman.
I loved the ending! Definitely recommend.
“ I believe he said her family was too large. Or was it her feet? I forget which. I regret it very much.“
“I assure you, dear, that the country has not that effect at all. Why, it was from Melthorpe, which is only two miles from here, that Lady Belton eloped with Lord Fethersdale. I remember the occurrence perfectly. Poor Lord Belton died three days afterwards of joy, or gout. I forget which. We had a large party staying here at the time, so we were all very much interested in the ...more
I'll keep this review short because I have a really long list of quotes.
This one was a little sad, but it was, ironically, really hilarious too. It involves family drama, scandal, an arrogant jerk responsible for all the conflict in the play, etc. I enjoyed this play from beginning to end. As you may expect from Oscar Wilde, it was witty and cynical through and through.
However, I do have one complaint: Some repetitions of quotes. For example, there was one that made fun of marriage, ...more
MRS. ALLONBY: What a througly bad man you must be!
LORD ILLINGWORTH: What do you call a bad man?
MRS. ALLONBY: The sort of man who admires innocence.
MRS. ALLONBY: Men always want to be a woman's first love. That is their clumsy vanity. We women have a more subtle instinct about things. What we like is to be a man's last...more
14 February 2019 – Port Campbell
Oh crap, I go on a holiday and the thing that I forget is the charger for my laptop. Gee, that is incredibly inconvenient, but at least it is a road trip, and I am not too far from where I live, so I can sort of drive back, get the charger, and then continue on my trip (though it turned out to be further than I thought, so I just got a universal charger, which will come in handy back at university). Well, that does sort of depend on ...more
LORD ILLINGWORTH: It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true."A Woman of No Importance" is a play by Oscar Wilde which premiered on 19 April 1893 in London. It is one of Oscar's society plays which satirizes the English upper class society. The conversations are all about gossip and small talk, and most of the characters are shallow and viewless.
At the beginning of the ...more
Wilde powerfully displays 19th century society's views towards women - how a man can be deceitful yet admired but a woman who is unmarried and unchaste is a woman of no importance. Lord Illingworth is ...more
Mrs. Allonby: I adore them. The clever people never listen, and the stupid people never talk.
Oscar Wilde gives us a dinner party, where cultures clash, secrets unfold, characters are revealed and the upper class doesn’t necessarily get the upper hand. This one is short and light, yet with a little sting in the tail.
Lord Illingworth: All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy.
Mrs. Allonby: No man does. That is his.
It is an Oscar Wilde style ...more
His wit has and always will amaze me. His understanding of life, opposite sex and human relations in general, which have scarcely changed over time, are precise and true. If social media existed in his time I'm sure Oscar would've founded Tumblr. After all that is where people go when they are in dire need of a quote, is it not?
P.S. I think that is the reason I won't ...more
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
Gerard: I want to go with Lord Illingworth, but I cannot abandon my mother.
Mrs. Arbuthnot: You are all mine, son.
Lord Illingworth: You can’t have him all for yourself, not anymore.
The only sin of Mrs. Arbuthnot catches up with her 20 years after she commits it. She has to give up her son to the one who destroyed her life by disgracing her. She has to let her only ...more
3.5 stars --- this play, while containing some excellent quips including (view spoiler)[the famous exchange Lord Illingworth: "All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy." Mrs. Allonby: "No man does. That is his." (hide spoiler)], lacks the lightness of touch that characterizes "An Ideal Husband" and "Lady Windemere's Fan". Instead, Wilde ...more
Lord Illingworth was a prick, but he was certainly an affable & pleasant dinner companion. (Reminded me a lot of my step-father; a nice guy on short acquaintance, but an absolutely unreliable & selfish bastard over time.) He was definitely the ...more
No offense I'm Wilde fangirl and I will hit you with my Wilde Complete Works if you ever dare to criticize "The Importance of Being Earnest" but this one... meh, Wilde at his worst, because he was lazy. I don't mind Wilde repeating himself but this play is weak to compare with An Ideal Husband or Lady Windermere's Fan.
To get into the best society, nowadays, one has either to feed people, amuse people, or shock people. That is all.
When one is in love one begins by deceiving oneself and one ends by deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance.
This is one of those typical Oscar Wilde plays, filled with aphorisms in the form of conversations. The story begins with the entire bunch of play's characters ...more
I want to say that this is probably the weakest of Wilde's plays so far, and I read on Wikipedia that that's actually a common thought. There's a lot of fun dialogue which is... well... fun... but as far as plot goes, it doesn't really kick in until sometime later. Which, when it shows up, actually feels a bit disjointed.
Then the plot itself is one that he seems to have written frequently. It was apparently a schtick of his. It gets stale after ...more
This is the pattern for the first two Acts. I ...more
Still- “A Woman of No Importance” is probably my favourite Wilde play, and it is, after all, so outrageously witty that ...more
"All love is terrible. All love is a tragedy."
"Lord Illingworth : I was very young at the time. We men know life too early.
Mrs. Arbuthnot : And we women know life too late. That is the difference between men and women."
I couldn't read a page without admiring and quoting some passage ... It's just an amazing way of writing !
Some of the thoughts elicited here against the differential attitude in the society towards men and women would have surely been ahead of its times - almost 'feminist' in nature.
What is pitiful though is that, not much has changed today in most societies.
Definitely worth a read!