An Ideal Husband
Same as Act II.
[LORD GORING is standing by the fireplace with his hands in his pockets. He is
looking rather bored.]
LORD GORING. [Pulls out his watch, inspects it, and rings the bell.] It is a great
nuisance. I can't find any one in this house to talk to. And I am full of interesting
information. I feel like the latest edition of something or other.
JAMES. Sir Robert is still at the Foreign Office, my lord.
LORD GORING. Lady Chiltern not down yet?
JAMES. Her ladyship has not yet left her room. Miss Chiltern has just come in
LORD GORING. [To himself.] Ah! that is something.
JAMES. Lord Caversham has been waiting some time in the library for Sir
Robert. I told him your lordship was here.
LORD GORING. Thank you! Would you kindly tell him I've gone?
JAMES. [Bowing.] I shall do so, my lord.
LORD GORING. Really, I don't want to meet my father three days running. It is a
great deal too much excitement for any son. I hope to goodness he won't come
up. Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basin for
family life. Mothers are different. Mothers are darlings. [Throws himself down into
a chair, picks up a paper and begins to read it.]
[Enter LORD CAVERSHAM.]
LORD CAVERSHAM. Well, sir, what are you doing here? Wasting your time as
usual, I suppose?