I need help, I'm analyzing a scene in "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde. The scene is the one when Lady Markby Exits and Lady Chiltern confronts Mrs. Cheveley, and Mrs. Cheveley reveals Robert's secret as he enters the room.
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In this scene in Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Lady Chiltern and Mrs. Cheveley discuss Robert’s letter, and near the end of the scene, as Robert enters, Mrs. Cheveley reveals to Lady Chiltern the truth about Robert’s past, and of his past crimes. During the first part of the scene, Oscar Wilde conveys a contrasting standoff
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between the “chaste” Lady Chiltern and the “epigrammatic” Mrs. Cheveley. During this standoff, Wilde utilizes dramatic irony as the ladies philosophically discuss Lady Chiltern’s morals and rules—Robert’s acts being in complete violation of said ideals. In the second part of the scene, the control and power of the scene shifts to Mrs. Cheveley, as she now leads the scene’s discussion and is now the one making the demands, while at the same time remaining true to her wit. In the final part of the scene, the mood and temperament of the scene dramatically shifts: Robert enters and grows “dead pale” and Wilde culminates the scene as Mrs. Cheveley enjoyably denounces Robert in front of Lady Chiltern—true to her duplicitous nature.