Romantic Moment Scene Spotlight | An Ideal Husband – Lord Goring and Miss Mabel

THE FILM: An Ideal Husband (1999)
THE PAIRING: Lord Arthur Goring (Rupert Everett) and Miss Mabel (Minnie Driver)
THE MOMENT: Lord Goring Proposes to Mabel under the “Usual Tree.”

Period dramas are gems no matter their sub-genre. This we strive to convey and continue to stress here on The Silver Petticoat Review. But for me, when they effortlessly (and with class) double as a sort of comedy of errors, that’s all the more joyful. Today’s revisit to a “classic” romantic moment turns the spotlight on the brilliant An Ideal Husband.


An Ideal Husband introduces us to four primary characters. There are the blissful marrieds (Gertrude and Robert Chilton), Robert’s close but idle playboy friend, Lord Arthur Goring, and Robert’s sister, Mabel. Gertrude and Robert’s perfect life falls apart amidst a political scheme and scandal involving Robert’s past. For Gertrude, this is the end of her fairytale life and the ideal she’s made of Robert. Continue Reading on Silver Petticoat →

FILM REVIEW | An Idea Husband (1999) - A Sassy Story about Blackmail... and Romance

“If you knew anything about anything, which you don’t, you’d know I absolutely adore you.”

For me, An Ideal Husband is the best of the best. The romance and script, especially for this scene, couldn’t have been better. The sassy and flirty banter in this scene is priceless. It’s the kind of scene superb romanticism is made of to say nothing of class and wit. Yes, there is a difference between it and commonplace comedy. Though it’s a comedy as only Oscar Wilde could pen, at its heart, this film is a true romance yielding the sweetest results.

Have you seen this film? What do you like best about it? Sound off below! I’d love to chat with you.

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This first appeared on Silver Petticoat Review.

Photos: Miramax


  1. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It never fails to make me giggle with delight. And Minnie and Rupert? And this particular moment? *swoon*

    1. *high five* I am exactly the same when it comes to this one, Kara. One of my "forever" favorites. It made my favorite period drama video list, so it'll be featured there too, you know, whenever I *finally* publish it. :)


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