Lord Goring’s father, an irritable, stubborn man who frequently commands Lord Goring to grow up. He wants Lord Goring to marry, enter politics, and generally behave in a dignified manner. He is continually perplexed and frustrated by Lord Goring’s behavior, because he fails to realize that he and his son have incompatible ideas of adultness and seriousness. Lord Caversham believes that there is exactly one way to live well, while Lord Goring believes that there are countless ways. The former is conservatism; the latter is dandyism, which makes life into art, and holds that good lives are as rare and various as works of art.
Lord Caversham Quotes in An Ideal Husband
The An Ideal Husband quotes below are all either spoken by Lord Caversham or refer to Lord Caversham. 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.).
Act 1, Part 2 Quotes
You seem to me to be living entirely for pleasure.
What else is there to live for, father? Nothing ages like happiness.
Act 3, Part 1 Quotes
But women who have common sense are so curiously plain, father, aren’t they?
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Lord Caversham Character Timeline in An Ideal Husband
The timeline below shows where the character Lord Caversham 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
Act 1, Part 3
...pleasantly to Mrs. Cheveley about the noble, upstanding character of the Chilterns, then leaves with Lord Caversham . Meanwhile, Lady Chiltern approaches Mrs. Cheveley and asks her what business she had with... (full context)
Act 3, Part 1
Act 4, Part 1
Act 4, Part 2
...back into the room, and Robert thanks him effusively. A servant comes in to announce Lord Caversham ’s entrance. Lord Caversham congratulates Robert on his speech and tells him that Robert has... (full context)