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Lady Windermere's Fan

Oscar Wilde

Book Overview: 

Lady Windermere’s Fan: A Play About a Good Woman is a four act comedy by Oscar Wilde. As in some of his other comedies, Wilde satirizes the morals of Victorian society, and attitudes between the sexes.

The action centers around a fan given to Lady Windermere as a present by her husband, and the ball held that evening to celebrate her 21st birthday.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Arthur keeps his bank book - in one of the drawers of that desk.  I might find out by that.  I will find out.  [Opens drawer.]  No, it is some hideous mistake.  [Rises and goes C.]  Some silly scandal!  He loves me!  He loves me!  But why should I not look?  I am his wife, I have a right to look!  [Returns to bureau, takes out book and examines it page by page, smiles and gives a sigh of relief.]  I knew it! there is not a word of truth in this stupid story.  [Puts book back in dranver.  As the does so, starts and takes out another book.]  A second book - private - locked!  [Tries to open it, but fails.  Sees paper knife on bureau, and with it cuts cover from book.  Begins to start at the first page.]  ‘Mrs. Erlynne - £600 - Mrs. Erlynne - £700 - Mrs. Erlynne - £400.’  Oh! it is true!  It is true!  How horrible!  [Throws book on floor.]  . . . Read More

Community Reviews

WOW. Oscar Wilde is a genius! This was so realistic, there was so much wisdom pouring out of it. It was entertaining and short, straight forward, full of cherished quotes. Loved it! ♥

Reading an Oscar Wilde play is sort of like life being perfect. The structure of the work is faultless, the dialogue is uber-clever and fantastic. What's wrong with Wilde? Nothing. He's perfect. I can't imagine any writer who wrote so beautifully in his native language. There are some people who...more

Wilde's wit never bores me, which is why he is one of my favorite authors. Below are a few quotations I particularly liked from 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 g...more

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
— Lord Darlington Act IV

Lady Windermere's Fan is quite clever, quite witty, but at it's heart is a comedy in the vein of The Importance of Being Ernest. And while all is resolved in a neat package by the end of Act IV, it is not as...more

Beyond the appreciation level, my meagre vocabulary could ever achieve!

The Charming Trip

Truths , Dares and Lies...

Saviour Silences and Devastating Truths!

Ssssssshhhhhhh... --- DON'T SAY IT!...

"It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious. I take the side of the charming..."

Forget about Goodness!
Forget about Badness!
Take the...more

Lady Windermere's Fan is classified as a Comedy of Manners, and while there are certainly humorous elements present in the usual clever Wilde manner, I would contend that there is more of drama here than comedy. The story at the base of this play is quite serious. The subject of the ease with whi...more

I think these classic plays are better enjoyed on stage than by reading. That seems so obvious that it seems silly to say. But the problem for most of us is, we haven't seen them on stage and probably won't. There is enough going on in this play though to make it a fun read. I use the word fun ra...more

Well, it seems that my liking of Wilde's works follows a graphic like this one:

I am not kidding you. Every time I read another play, I think it's better than the one I read before. Perhaps I'm reading them in some particular order unknown to me, or my opinion is starting to get biased. In any cas...more

"There is the same world for all of us, and good and evil, sin and innocence, go through it hand in hand. To shut one's eyes to half of life that one may live securely is as though one blinded oneself that one might walk with more safety in a land of pit and precipice."

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