Study Guide

An Ideal Husband Characters

Sir Robert Chiltern

Sir Robert is handsome and intelligent, he's a good orator and has a clean record. His wife is...

Lord Arthur Goring

Come on, admit it. You like Lord Goring best. And why not? He's a good friend and a really snappy...

Lady Gertrude Chiltern

Maybe Lady Chiltern makes your eyes roll. She comes across as being a little stuck-up and pushy,...

Mrs. Laura Cheveley

If Lady Chiltern is the good angel of feminine modernity, Mrs. Cheveley is the dark angel. She's...

Mabel Chiltern

Mabel is the third "generation" in the play. While she ends up engaged to Lord Goring, she's not...

Lord Caversham

Lord Caversham is Lord Goring's father. He provides a generational foil to Lord Goring, much as...

Lady Markby

Lady Markby plays the role of the gossipy aunt. If you want the world to know your business, tell...

Phipps

Phipps is Lord Goring's servant, adept at agreeing with his Master. Called the "ideal butler"...

Lady Basildon and Mrs. Marchmont

Relatively indistinguishable from each other, these two ladies fill out the party scene and...

Vicomte de Nanjac

Lord Goring calls him the "child-diplomatist." With his fancy tie and funny accent, he's...

Mason

Mason is Sir Robert's butler. He's the one announcing the guests at the party scene in Act 1....

James

Oscar Wilde loves his comic servants. James only appears in Act 4, to tell Lord Goring that none...

Harold

Harold seems to be the least important servant in the play, but his scene actually does give us...

Mr. Montford

Mr. Montford is one of Sir Robert's secretaries. He escorts Mrs. Marchmont into dinner. He's...