In Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Cheveley tells Sir Robert Chiltern that England would not allow him to continue in his career if his scandal became known.
On page 318, she says:
Remember to what a point your Puritanism in England has brought you. In old days nobody pretended to be a bit better than his neighbours. In fact, to be a bit better than one’s neighbour was considered excessively vulgar and middle-class. Nowadays, with our modern mania for morality, everyone has to pose as a paragon of purity, incorruptibility, and all the other seven deadly virtues — and what is the result? You all go over like ninepins — one after the other. Not a year passes in England without somebody disappearing. Scandals used to lend charm, or at least interest, to a man — now they crush him.
Is Mrs. Cheveley telling Sir Robert the truth? Explain.
Do you think that this is true about North America today? How does her philosophy pertain to the political scandal that you researched?