Lady Windermere believes her husband has been cheating on her and decides to run away with a man who adores her. In this monologue she debates whether to return to her husband or go through with running away.
Why doesn't he come? This waiting is horrible. He should be here...View Full Monologue Text
Why doesn't he come? This waiting is horrible. He should be here. Why is he not here, to wake by passionate words some fire within me? I am cold-- cold as a loveless thing. Arthur must have read my letter by this time. If he cared for me, he would have come after me, would have taken me back by force. But he doesn't care. He's entrammelled by this woman--fascinated by her--dominated by her. If a woman wants to hold a man, she has merely to appeal to what is worst in him. We make gods of men and they leave us. Others make brutes of them and they fawn and are faithful. How hideous life is! . . . Oh! it was mad of me to come here, horribly mad. And yet, which is the worst, I wonder, to be at the mercy of a man who loves one, or the wife of a man who in one's own house dishonours one? What woman knows? What woman in the whole world? But will he love me always, this man to whom I am giving my life? What do I bring him? Lips that have lost the note of joy, eyes that are blinded by tears, chill hands and icy heart. I bring him nothing. I must go back-- no; I can't go back, my letter has put me in their power--Arthur would not take me back! That fatal letter! No! Lord Darlington leaves England to-morrow. I will go with him--I have no choice. No, no! I will go back, let Arthur do with me what he pleases. I can't wait here. It has been madness my coming. I must go at once. As for Lord Darlington--Oh! here he is! What shall I do? What can I say to him? Will he let me go away at all? I have heard that men are brutal, horrible . . . Oh!
PlayName: Lady Windermere's Fan
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Public domain
CharacterName: Lady Windermere
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late, 30s - Early, 30s - Late
Dialects: Standard English
AuthorName: Oscar Wilde