A Woman of No Importance: A Play (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Methuen, 1908 - Vellum printed books - 191 pages
20 Reviews
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
7
4 stars
7
3 stars
5
2 stars
1
1 star
0

Review: A Woman of No Importance

User Review  - Mashyitah Vallée - Goodreads

I've just started re-reading this play and I think this is one of my favourite writings of Wilde. He describes the treatment of a woman who has no means and is of little importance. It is a timeless ... Read full review

Review: A Woman of No Importance

User Review  - Aamil Syed - Goodreads

Well of course, Oscar Wilde doesn't need a stamp of approval. But I feel compelled to talk about his work because I don't want anyone to miss the pleasure of reading him. And the best thing is that ... Read full review

Selected pages

Common terms and phrases

Popular passages

Page 95 - Of course, I made him so. Discontent is the first step in the progress of a man or a nation. But I did not leave him with' a mere longing for things he could not get. No, I made him a charming offer. He jumped at it, I need hardly say. Any young man would. And now, simply because it turns out that I am the boy's own father and he my own son, you propose practically to ruin his career. That is to say, if I were a perfect stranger, you would allow Gerald to go away with me.
Page 70 - You rich people in England, you don't know how you are living. How could you know? You shut out from your society the gentle and the good. You laugh at the simple and the pure. Living, as you all do, on others and by them, you sneer at self-sacrifice, and if you throw bread to the poor, it is merely to keep them quiet for a season. With all your pomp and wealth and art you don't know how to live — you don't even know that. You love the beauty that you can see and touch and handle, the beauty that...
Page 111 - GERALD I suppose society is wonderfully delightful ! LORD ILLINGWORTH To be in it is merely a bore. But to be out of it simply a tragedy. Society is a necessary thing. No man has any real success in this world unless he has got women to back him, and women rule society.
Page 17 - Everybody I know says you are very wicked," cried the old lady, shaking her head. Lord Henry looked serious for some moments. "It is perfectly monstrous," he said, at last, "the way people go about nowadays saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true.
Page 20 - The youth of America is their oldest tradition . It has been going on now for three hundred years. To hear them talk one would imagine they were in their first childhood. As far as civilization goes they are in their second.
Page 34 - Not in our day. Women have become too brilliant. Nothing spoils a romance so much as a sense of humour in the woman.
Page 72 - It is right that they should be punished, but don't let them be the only ones to suffer. If a man and woman have sinned, let them both go forth into the desert to love or loathe each other there. Let them both be branded. Set a mark, if you wish, on each, but don't punish the one and let the other go free. Don't have one law for men and another for women.
Page 44 - Yes, let us stay here. The Book of Life begins with a man and a woman in a garden. MRS. ALLONBY. It ends with Revelations.
Page 23 - Silliest word in our language, and one knows so well the popular idea of health. The English country gentleman galloping after a fox - the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
Page 114 - Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious: both are disappointed.

Bibliographic information