| Quote #4
SIR ROBERT CHILTERN. [Sitting down.] Sooner or later in political life one has to compromise. Every one does. (1.359)
Sir Robert feels the need to school his wife on the realities of politics…but he doesn't want to. He sounds a little childish with that last excuse, "Everyone's doing it!"
| Quote #5
LADY CHILTERN. Circumstances should never alter principles! (1.362)
Lady Chiltern thinks of human behavior as solid and unchanging, impervious to everything around it. Oscar Wilde, history, and psychologists take another view. Procrastination break: google "Situationism."
| Quote #6
LORD GORING. […] in England a man who can't talk morality twice a week to a large, popular, immoral audience is quite over as a serious politician. (2.58)
Apparently people had double standards for their politicians even back in Victorian England.