Lord Goring’s imperturbable butler, who caters to Lord Goring’s whims with a mixture of affection and strained tolerance. His perfect seriousness stands in counterpoint to Lord Goring’s perfect frivolousness, because both attitudes are seamless, opaque masks. Phipps’ seriousness has more in common, aesthetically, with Lord Goring’s frivolousness than with Lord Caversham’s seriousness, which is awkward and transparent.
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Act 3, Part 1
The third act opens onto Lord Goring’s library, where the impressively inscrutable butler named Phipps is tidying up some newspapers. Lord Goring walks in, dressed beautifully and expensively - “the... (full context)
...untouchable in Vienna, because Baron Arnheim left her most of his fortune. Lord Goring takes Phipps aside and tells him that he must change his instructions regarding the lady visitor: when... (full context)
Act 3, Part 2