Lady Windermere's Fan Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Why might Lady Windemere announce that she is available to all visitors when Parker tells her Darlington has come to call?

Lady Windemere hesitates when she is told that Darlington has come to call, and her response might indicate that she prefers not to be left alone with him for any significant amount of time.

2. Why does Lady Windemere warn Darlington about his flattering statements?

She claims she knows he is better than most men, but that his flattery makes him appear worse than others. She does not like to think he might be like "most other men are."

3. Why does Darlington pretend to be "bad?"

He believes the world is made up of bores, and claims he does not care what the rest of the world thinks of him or his actions.

4. Why does Lord Darlington suggest that Lady Windemere may need a friend some day?

He knows that her husband is suspected of having an affair with Mrs. Erlynne, and believes she may be hurt by that information. He wants to support her because he is in love with her.

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