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An Ideal Husband Chapter Summary & Analysis - Act 1, Part 1 Summary

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Act 1, Part 1 Summary

This play tells the story of two women, whose determination that their husbands should be perfect, creates complication in the lives of the men they love. The play veils important truths behind layers of tart wit and pointed humor, skillfully blending several different genres of comedy, including, satire and farce. Nevertheless, its themes are serious, relating to the lack of wisdom inherent in living according to limited perspectives.

The first scene is set in a large room in the home of Sir Robert Chiltern. His wife, Lady Chiltern, greets her guests, as they arrive for a party. Two women, Mrs. Marchmont and Lady Basildon, gossip about other parties they attend, with Mrs. Marchmont saying her reason for coming to the Chiltern's parties is to be educated, since Lady Chiltern insists that she have some serious purpose in her life. After pointed conversation about how trivial...

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