An Ideal Husband
Women and Femininity Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
LORD GORING. [Turning round.] Well, she wore far too much rouge last night, and not quite enough clothes. That is always a sign of despair in a woman. (2.81)
"Hello kettle? This is pot. You're black." Lord Goring and Mrs. Cheveley share the award for Most Hours in Front of a Mirror.
LADY MARKBY. I assure you that the amount of things I and my poor dear sister were taught not to understand was quite extraordinary. But modern women understand everything, I am told. (2.240)
It's Lady Markby with the how-things-have-changed report. Probably the most interesting aspect of this quote is the idea that "ignorance" can be taught.
LORD GORING. But women who have common sense are so curiously plain, father, aren't they? (3.114)
Let's remember that in Lord Goring's world, common sense is not a desirable attribute.