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A Woman of No Importance
A darkly comedic Play in Four Acts (pub.1893)
Wilde makes a strong case for women in this intriguing play, which tells the story of a man, a woman and the child they have outside of marriage. Lord Illingworth is a thoughtful man who offers young Gerald a position as his secretary, a position Gerald is only too happy to accept, especially as he is just starting his career and desires a solid foundation for Hester Worsley, the young American he wishes to marry. Things take a turn when Mrs. Arbuthnot, Gerald's mother, meets her son's boss. They immediately recognize each other from this youthful days of indiscretion. Will Gerald learn his father's true identity? What of Lord Illingworth? And how will Mrs. Arbuthnot live with the result? The last line of the play is sure to send any mind reeling with admiration!--Submitted by Marisa B.
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