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An Ideal Husband

An Ideal Husband

by Oscar Wilde

Politics Quotes Page 2

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Quote #4

MRS. CHEVELEY. Sometimes. And sometimes it is a clever game, Sir Robert. And sometimes it is a great nuisance. (1.86)

While Sir Robert understands politics as a narrative of progress, Mrs. Cheveley sees it almost like a fickle frenemy, sometimes for her, sometimes against her. She doesn't get this "common good" thing.

Quote #5

LORD GORING. I adore political parties. They are the only place left to us where people don't talk politics. (1.159)

Lord Goring is the original hipster, totally cooler-than-thou. He likes to pretend that political engagement – indeed, caring about anything – is too much for him. But he's also the character who ends up exerting the most influence on others throughout the play.

Quote #6

LADY BASILDON. I delight in talking politics. I talk them all day long. But I can't bear listening to them. (1.160)

For Lady Basildon, politics are useful in social settings. She can show off her learning but she doesn't really have to engage with contrary opinions.