Plays

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Collin's, 1898 - 351 pages
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Contents

II
9
III
27
IV
47
V
63
VI
79
VII
81
VIII
102
IX
125
XI
161
XII
165
XIII
197
XIV
226
XV
250
XVI
273
XVII
277
XVIII
303

X
143
XIX
335

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Page 158 - Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.
Page 59 - In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
Page 278 - Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. LANE: I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.
Page 91 - 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 52 - Believe what you choose about me. I am not worth a moment's sorrow. But don't spoil your beautiful young life on my account! You don't know what may be in store for you, unless you leave this house at once. You don't know what it is to fall into the pit, to be despised, mocked, abandoned, sneered at — -to be an outcast! to find the door shut against one, to have to creep in by hideous byways, afraid every moment lest the mask should be stripped from one's face...
Page 303 - ... you know how anxious your guardian is that you should improve yourself in every way. He laid particular stress on your German, as he was leaving for town yesterday. Indeed, he always lays stress on your German when he is leaving for town. CECILY. Dear Uncle Jack is so very serious! Sometimes he is so serious that I think he cannot be quite well.
Page 25 - There is not a good woman in London who would not applaud me. We have been too lax. We must make an example. I propose to begin to-night. [Picking up fan.'] Yes, you gave me this fan to-day; it was your birthday present. If that woman crosses my threshold, I shall strike her across the face with it. LORD WINDERMERE Margaret, you couldn't do such a thing.
Page 277 - I'm sorry for that, for your sake. I don't play accurately — any one can play accurately — but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.
Page 347 - The bag is undoubtedly mine. I am delighted to have it so unexpectedly restored to me. It has been a great inconvenience being without it all these years. JACK: [In a pathetic voice] Miss Prism, more is restored to you than this handbag. I was the baby you placed in it. MISS PRISM: [Amazed] You? JACK: [Embracing her] Yes . . . mother! Miss PRISM: [Recoiling in indignant astonishment] Mr. Worthing! I am unmarried! JACK: Unmarried! I do not deny that is a serious blow. But after all, who has the right...
Page 279 - When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.

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