She sarcastically looks down upon them by saying that they are beautiful idiots and brilliant lunatics. Being a sister to Robert Chiltern also makes Mabel Chiltern to share in the power, wealth, success and fame of his brother.Lord Caversham is also a powerful person. This can be deduced from his attire. He has worn the riband and star of the Garter, one considered by the society to be an extremely fine whig. The author of this play also states that this riband and star of the Garter almost resembles Lawrence’s portrait. Lord Gorring is a powerful person too. The play states that he rides in the Row every single morning, a ride that can only be afforded by rich people. He also has huge amounts of income which he spends to attend the Opera thrice a week. It can also be said that he has a lot of money as evidenced from the many clothes that he has. He changes these clothes five times a day. He can also afford to go for dinner every night of the season. Cheveley is equally powerful. She has a very strong educational background. The play states that she has a powerful influence of too many schools in all her dealings. She is also adorned with diamonds. Diamonds are very expensive and they are considered to be for the rich people in the society. She can also afford to travel a lot. It is evidenced that she has been out of England for long. She has travelled to Berlin, Vienna, Vicomte among other places. She also comes from a very powerful family in London known as Dorsetshire Cheveleys. Cheveley also has a personal liking and interest for politics. She considers it to be such a noble career, noble game as well as a nuisance. Lastly, Sir John is a powerful personality as well. It is indicated in the play that he has taken his role in politics seriously. Politicians are a powerful people in any given society.The powerless people in this society happen to be Mrs. Marchmont and Lady Basildon. This is evidenced from the play as they do not like seem to like education and they consider it to be a preserve of the commercial class. They therefore do not subscribe to the commercial class and as a result they have no power in the society. Cheveley made a point of meeting Sir Robert Chiltern in London. This was a step calculated towards revealing his past. Cheveley reminded Sir Robert of Baron Amheim, a man that they both knew in the past. Baron is however a deceased person at the moment. Cheveley had a great desire of
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