Lady Windermere’s Fan


Oscar Wilde

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Lady Plymdale Character Analysis

Lady Plymdale is a guest at the party. Though she’s married, it’s implied that Dumby is her lover. When she finds out that Dumby knows Mrs. Erlynne, she’s initially angry but then decides that the connection could be useful; she plans to send her husband to meet Mrs. Erlynne as well so that he’ll stop smothering her with attention. Lady Plymdale gossips about Mrs. Erlynne at the start of the party but seems to admire her by the end.

Lady Plymdale Quotes in Lady Windermere’s Fan

The Lady Windermere’s Fan quotes below are all either spoken by Lady Plymdale or refer to Lady Plymdale. 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 Oxford University Press edition of Lady Windermere’s Fan published in 2008.
Act II Quotes

LORD WINDERMERE: I am afraid—if you will excuse me—I must join my wife.

LADY PLYMDALE: Oh, you mustn’t dream of such a thing. It’s most dangerous nowadays for a husband to pay any attention to his wife in public. It always makes people think that he beats her when they’re alone. The world has grown so suspicious of anything that looks like a happy married life.

Related Characters: Lord Windermere (speaker), Lady Plymdale (speaker), Lady Windermere
Page Number: 24
Explanation and Analysis:

DUMBY: What a mystery you are!

LADY PLYMDALE: (looking at him) I wish you were!

DUMBY: I am—to myself. I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly; but I don’t see any chance of it just at present.

Related Characters: Dumby (speaker), Lady Plymdale (speaker), Mrs. Erlynne
Page Number: 27
Explanation and Analysis:
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Lady Plymdale Character Timeline in Lady Windermere’s Fan

The timeline below shows where the character Lady Plymdale appears in Lady Windermere’s Fan. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act II
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...his family. He teases Augustus about his past divorces and the two join the party. Lady Plymdale attempts to get Lord Windermere’s attention, but he says that he has to attend to... (full context)
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...Lady Jedburgh. Cecil hesitantly agrees, and Mrs. Erlynne immediately charms Lady Jedburgh. Meanwhile, Dumby and Lady Plymdale gossip about who Mrs. Erlynne might be. (full context)
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...with him. In passing, she also greets Dumby and apologizes for missing his recent visits. Lady Plymdale is affronted that Dumby knows Mrs. Erlynne after all, but then decides that perhaps Dumby... (full context)