A mysterious figure from Robert Chiltern’s youth, and a former attachment of Mrs. Cheveley’s. In his lifetime, he preached the utter importance of power. He exists in the play not as a person but as an idea: he is the abstract version of Mrs. Cheveley’s corruption, the amoral root of all Robert’s troubles.
Baron Arnheim Quotes in An Ideal Husband
The An Ideal Husband quotes below are all either spoken by Baron Arnheim or refer to Baron Arnheim. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Dover Publications edition of An Ideal Husband published in 2000.).
Baron Arnheim Character Timeline in An Ideal Husband
The timeline below shows where the character Baron Arnheim appears in An Ideal Husband. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Part 2
Act 1, Part 3
...young, and a secretary to an important official, he sold a government secret: he advised Baron Arnheim to buy shares in the Suez Canal, knowing that the English government would invest heavily... (full context)
Act 2, Part 1
Act 3, Part 1
...He has also learned that Mrs. Cheveley is more or less untouchable in Vienna, because Baron Arnheim left her most of his fortune. Lord Goring takes Phipps aside and tells him that... (full context)