The Picture of Dorian Gray „The Picture of Dorian Gray“ is Wildes only novel. It was published in 1890 in Lippincotts Monthly Magazine. It was criticized as scandalous and immoral. One year later, Wilde revised the novel and added a preface and six new chapters. Characters: Dorian Gray is an impossibly beautiful, cultured and wealthy young man. Under the influence of Lord Henry Wotton he becomes extremely concerned with his own beauty. In the development of the story Dorian becomes more and more egoistic and he wants to have as many experiences…
An Ideal Husband
Sir Robert Chiltern is 40 years old and an aspiring, honourable man who works as a deputy minister. Eighteen years ago, when he was young and poor, Baron Arnheim promised him to make him rich if Robert gives confidential information to him.
Some weeks later Robert came to know that the English government was planning to buy Suez Canal shares. In a letter, he advised Arnheim to buy immediately- three days before the government announced her plans and the prices rised. The Baron gave 110 000 pounds to Robert and provided him a place in the House of Commons.
Gertrude Chiltern is Sir Roberts’s wife. She adores her husband and has made an idol of him, because she believes he has no faults. She does not no how he got his money. Gertrude is used to judge other people by very strict moral measures.
Lora Cheveley was a schoolmate of Gertrude and they always disliked each other. Many years ago, when Lora was an impecunious girl, Arthur Goring fell in love with her and they engaged. But three years later Lora met a very rich Lord and left Arthur.
During the last years she lived in Vienna. Mrs. Cheveley is an intriguing, dishonourable woman who lies and steals and who does everything for her own profit. She is a great danger to Robert because she knows what are the roots of his wealth and she possesses the letter he wrote to Arnheim.
Arthur Viscount Goring is 34 years old and a good friend of Robert and Gertrude. His father is a wealthy man and he never has had financial problems. Arthur is known as a dandy and he has always cynical bonmots like “To love oneself is the beginning of a lifelong romance” prepared.
At the beginning of act one Lora Cheveley has a conversation with Sir Robert: She owns shares of the Argentinean Canal Company and she knows that it refers to a great BÖRSENSCHWINDEL. Robert has the project examined by a commission and he is going to report the result in the House of Commons in a few days.
Mrs. Cheveley begs him not to give a definitive judgement about the project and threats to bring the letter to Arnheim to the press, what would ruin Rob.....[read full text]
Robert comes home. Mrs. Chiltern has sent the stolen letter to him, but Robert thinks Gertrud has written it to him and he is happy that she still loves him. He is even happier when he hears that Arthur has burned the letter to Arnheim.
Sir Robert is promoted, but he refuses. He believes that he has to give up his political career because of his early mistakes.
Gertrud succeeds in convincing her husband to take the job though. Arthur begs Robert to allow his marriage with Mabel. But Robert has the impression that Arthur has still a relationship with Mrs. Cheveley and denies it. Lady Chiltern admits that she has written the letter to Lord Goring and that he was expecting her and not Mrs. Cheveley.
Now, all misunderstandings are solved and there are no obstacles for Robert to continue his career and for Arthur to marry Mabel.