Continuing with Oscar Wilde month here’s a gem about the state of matrimony from Lady Windermere’s Fan. The play premiered on February 22nd, 1892 at London’s St. James’s Theatre.
Our husbands would really forget our existence if we didn’t nag at them from time to time, just to remind them that we have a perfect legal right to do so.
—Lady Windermere’s Fan
(Yes, I’m going to run out of Oscar Wilde images before the month is out. Indulge me while I can still come up with new ones.)
Mr. Wilde is at it again… This one comes from his play, A Woman of No Importance. The play was originally staged at London’s Haymarket Theatre in the Spring of 1893. Wilde wrote it at the urging of the Haymarket’s actor-manager, Herbert Beerbohm Tree, who wanted to duplicate the success of Lady Windermere’s Fan which premiered a the St. James Theatre the previous season.
One should never trust a woman
who tells one her real age.
A woman who would tell one that,
would tell one anything.
–A Woman of No Importance
Here’s a link to the free e-book of the play courtesy the Guttenberg Project.