| Quote #1
LADY BASILDON. What martyrs we are, dear Margaret!
Their willingness to suffer conversation with boring men makes these women more attractive.
| Quote #2
MRS. CHEVELEY. Certainly, more women grow old nowadays through the faithfulness of their admirers than through anything else! At least that is the only way I can account for the terribly haggard look of most of your pretty women in London! (1.70)
Mrs. Cheveley doesn't have a domestic bone in her body. A steadfast admirer would bore her to death. Maybe that's why she goes after Lord Goring.
| Quote #3
MRS. CHEVELEY. Ah! the strength of women comes from the fact that psychology cannot explain us. […] Science can never grapple with the irrational. (1.76-78)
Much of Mrs. Cheveley's power – especially in this early scene – lies in her mystery.