An Ideal Husband
How we cite our quotes:
MRS. CHEVELEY: Remember to what a point your Puritanism in England has brought you. (1.268)
Mrs. Cheveley blames Sir Robert's imminent doom on British Puritanism, contrasting it with the looser morals in Vienna. Mrs. Cheveley's willingness to exploit probably gives her more leverage in England than it would on the Continent.
LORD CAVERSHAM. I wish you would go into Parliament. (4.35)
Lord Caversham is old-fashioned and idealistic about politics. Political office is about serving the public, yes, but it's also about securing the family name. A career in Parliament might save his son from being such a public embarrassment.
LORD GORING. My dear father, only people who look dull ever get into the House of Commons, and only people who are dull ever succeed there. (4.36)
For a self-described slacker, Lord Goring is very hard headed about what he does and doesn't want. He is skeptical of the machine of politics of politician's motives – but he's not going to let us know he's thought that much about it.