Lady Windermere's Fan

by Oscar Wilde

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"We Are All In The Gutter, But Some Of Us Are Looking At The Stars"

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Context: Lady Windermere, thinking her husband is causing a scandal with another woman, a Mrs. Erlynne, decides to accept the proposal of Lord Darlington, who loves her, and goes to Darlington's apartment. Mrs. Erlynne, who is actually the mother of Lady Windermere, learns what her daughter has done and wants to save her from committing the error that she herself committed twenty years earlier. Mrs. Erlynne finds her daughter alone in Darlington's rooms and persuades her to return to her home before Darlington gets to the apartment. When voices are heard outside, Lady Windermere hides behind the curtain, and Mrs. Erlynne leaves through a door. Darlington appears with several guests, among them Lord Windermere and Lord Augustus (Tuppy) Lorton. Lord Augustus, who secretly plans to marry Mrs. Erlynne, says that he has promised her not to play cards or drink again. One guest says women like to find men bad and leave them unattractively good. Darlington comments, "They always do find us bad!" Dumby, another guest, answers, "I don't think we are bad. I think we are all good, except Tuppy."

"No, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."

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