* Sir Robert Chiltern and his wife, Lady Chiltern, greet guests as they arrive for a party.
* Lady Chiltern tells Lord Caversham that his son hasn't arrived yet, and the two talk with Mabel about Goring's aimless lifestyle.
* Mabel hints that she is interested in a romantic relationship with Goring.
* Lady Markby arrives with Mrs. Cheveley, whom Lady Chiltern went to school with and does not like.
* Sir Robert converses with Lady Markby and the audience learns that he is a politician as is Lady Markby's husband.
* Lady Markby does not approve of the work being done in the House of Commons.
* Lady Markby says that she's brought Mrs. Cheveley with her and that Mrs. Cheveley has recently arrived from Vienna.
* Mrs. Cheveley and Sir Robert speak and Sir Robert asks what she's come to London for.
* Mrs. Cheveley states she's come to London to meet Sir...
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