A pleasant, decorous elderly lady who accompanies Mrs. Cheveley to all social events, apparently to lend Mrs. Cheveley an air of decency. In all respects, Lady Markby is the image of conservatism: her guiding lights are all the conventions that are just beginning to go out of style. Every time she speaks, she unthinkingly recites the curious prejudices of the upper classes. Her mild-mannered female conservatism complements Lord Caversham’s aggressive male conservatism.
Lady Markby Quotes in An Ideal Husband
The An Ideal Husband quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Markby or refer to Lady Markby. 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.).
Lady Markby Character Timeline in An Ideal Husband
The timeline below shows where the character Lady Markby appears in An Ideal Husband. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Part 1
Act 1, Part 2
...enters the room – a handsome, worried-looking man in early middle age. He chats with Lady Markby , who offers to introduce him to her interesting new friend, Mrs. Cheveley. They talk... (full context)
Act 1, Part 3
Act 2, Part 2