What is the significance of the closing scene in Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde?

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The main purpose of the final scene in Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde is to resolve the areas of conflict and suspense in the plot. In many ways the plot closure is accomplished in the standard manner of romantic comedy, namely marriage, but with a few odd twists. First, Lady Windermere is already married to her husband and thus the resolution is reconciliation within marriage rather than a new marriage. Secondly, and more significantly, Margaret Erlynne, who is a "fallen woman" manages a good marriage that seems likely to turn out well, something rather unusual in treatments of fallen women in the period.