An Ideal Husband

Lord Caversham Character Analysis

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:
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). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of An Ideal Husband published in 2000.
Act 1, Part 2 Quotes

LORD CAVERSHAM
You seem to me to be living entirely for pleasure.

LORD GORING
What else is there to live for, father? Nothing ages like happiness.

Related Characters: Lord Arthur Goring (speaker), Lord Caversham (speaker)
Page Number: 9
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Act 3, Part 1 Quotes

But women who have common sense are so curiously plain, father, aren’t they?

Related Characters: Lord Arthur Goring (speaker), Lord Caversham
Page Number: 51
Explanation and Analysis:

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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
The Natural and the Artificial Theme Icon
Romance, Boredom, and Delight Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Wit, Charm, and Contrariness Theme Icon
Lord Caversham enters the party and asks after his son, Lord Goring. He complains about his son’s... (full context)
Act 1, Part 2
The Natural and the Artificial Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Wit, Charm, and Contrariness Theme Icon
Lord Caversham walks up to his son, Lord Goring. He chides his son for his idle, pleasure-seeking... (full context)
Act 1, Part 3
Love, Morality, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...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
The Natural and the Artificial Theme Icon
Romance, Boredom, and Delight Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Wit, Charm, and Contrariness Theme Icon
Just then, Lord Caversham enters. For Lord Goring, it is a very inconvenient time. Lord Caversham intends to have... (full context)
Romance, Boredom, and Delight Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Wit, Charm, and Contrariness Theme Icon
Love, Morality, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Suddenly, Lord Goring and Lord Caversham walk back into the library, and Mrs. Cheveley hides in the drawing-room. Father and son... (full context)
Act 4, Part 1
The Natural and the Artificial Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Love, Morality, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...Mabel Chiltern has just come home from a morning outing. The servant also says that Lord Caversham is waiting in the library, and that he is aware of Lord Goring’s visit; Lord... (full context)
The Natural and the Artificial Theme Icon
Love, Morality, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
Lord Caversham brusquely changes the subject. He informs his son that Lord Chiltern has been highly praised... (full context)
Romance, Boredom, and Delight Theme Icon
The Trivial and the Serious Theme Icon
Wit, Charm, and Contrariness Theme Icon
Mabel Chiltern comes in. She pointedly ignores Lord Goring, and asks Lord Caversham sympathetically about Lady Caversham’s hats, which she seems to consider a sort of illness. After... (full context)
Act 4, Part 2
Love, Morality, and Forgiveness Theme Icon
...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)
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Lord Caversham and Mabel Chiltern enter the room. Lord Caversham is shocked and delighted by the news... (full context)