it’s a Wilde Wednesday!

Busy busy busy day, so today’s Wilde Wednesday is going to be a brief excerpt. From Act I of An Ideal Husband, one of my favorite Wilde characters is confronted by his father at a party…

LORD CAVERSHAM
Well, sir! What are you doing here? Wasting your life as usual! You should be in bed, sir. You keep too late hours! I heard of you the other night at Lady Rufford’s dancing till four o’clock in the morning!

LORD GORING
Only a quarter to four, father.

LORD CAVERSHAM
Can’t make out how you stand London society. The thing has gone to the dogs, a lot of damned nobodies talking about nothing.

LORD GORING
I love talking about nothing, father. It is the only thing I know anything about.

LORD CAVERSHAM
You seem to me to be living entirely for pleasure.

LORD GORING
What else is there to live for, father? Nothing ages like happiness.

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