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An Ideal Husband - A Play by Oscar Wilde - An Ideal Husband is an 1895 comedic stage play by Oscar Wilde which revolves around blackmail and political corruption, and touches on the themes of public and private honour. The action is set in London, in "the present," and takes place over the course of twenty-four hours. "Sooner or later," Wilde notes, "we shall all have to pay for what we do." But he adds that, "No one should be entirely judged by their past." Together with The Importance of Being Earnest, it is often considered Wilde's dramatic masterpiece. After Earnest, it is his most popularly produced play. The play opens during a dinner party at the home of Sir Robert Chiltern in London's fashionable Grosvenor Square. Sir Robert, a prestigious member of the House of Commons, and his wife, Lady Chiltern, are hosting a gathering that includes his friend Lord Goring, a dandified bachelor and close friend to the Chilterns, his sister Mabel Chiltern, and other genteel guests. During the party, Mrs. Cheveley, an enemy of Lady Chiltern's from their school days, attempts to blackmail Sir Robert into supporting a fraudulent scheme to build a canal in Argentina. Apparently, Mrs. Cheveley's dead mentor and lover, Baron Arnheim, convinced the young Sir Robert to sell him a Cabinet secret, a secret that suggested he buy stocks in the Suez Canal three days before the British government announced its purchase. Sir Robert made his fortune with that illicit money, and Mrs. Cheveley has the letter to prove his crime. Fearing the ruin of both career and marriage, Sir Robert submits to her demands. When Mrs. Cheveley pointedly informs Lady Chiltern of Sir Robert's change of heart regarding the canal scheme, the morally inflexible Lady Chiltern, unaware of both her husband's past and the blackmail plot, insists that Sir Robert renege on his promise. For Lady Chiltern, their marriage is predicated on her having an "ideal husband"-that is, a model spouse in both private and public life that she can worship: thus Sir Robert must remain unimpeachable in all his decisions. Sir Robert complies with the lady's wishes and apparently seals his doom. Also toward the end of Act I, Mabel and Lord Goring come upon a diamond brooch that Lord Goring gave someone many years ago. Goring takes the brooch and asks that Mabel inform him if anyone comes to retrieve it.
'If you want to keep out of jail, you'll pretend to be my fiancee!' Arabella 'Rebel' Daniels would rather skydive naked than agree to Draco Angelis's outrageous suggestion. But, unbeknownst to Rebel, her father has embezzled money from the formidable magnate and now she must pay the debt - by whatever method Draco demands. Arabella might take risks for a living, as a champion skier, but the cold weight of Draco's diamond ring and the branding heat of his public attentions feels like too high a price to pay - especially when the prospect of sharing Draco's bed draws inevitably closer...Discover more at www.millsandboon.co.uk/mayablake
Why is retirement planning different for women? Women are completely comfortable talking about many "M-word" topics: their marriages, motherhood and their mothers, merlots and martinis, mammograms and menopause. But, bring up money and the conversations often screech to a halt. Ask how prepared a woman is for retirement and she can tell you the exact date when she wants to retire, but not how much money she'll need for a 30-year retirement. In this thought-provoking, but non-traditional, fun approach to planning for a woman's retirement, Marcia Mantell guides women through the key questions they'll need to answer before they will be prepared to retire. In What's the Deal with Retirement Planning for Women?, you'll get realistic perspectives on retirement in the new era, a treasure trove of resources to get started, and practical examples of how other women are dealing with redesigning and reinventing retirement. Ten key questions are discussed and you may be surprised by the answers! While no two women will have the same retirement or financial resources, there are common topics that each woman needs to address. While this book offers financial information, it also focuses on how to start defining your future years, how to use the skills of running your household to manage your retirement, and why doing what you love will continue to be a key activity in retirement. It also provides a critical overview into Social Security, which is often the foundation of income for most women in retirement. This book should help you feel more confident and empowered to own your own retirement and future. It will give you a terrific roadmap for how to plan for the future you deserve and help you to make your retirement the best time of your life!"
After getting laid off I had to wade through all the frugal tips like "reuse twist ties" and "turn off the lights when you leave a room" to find the ones that really delivered. Sure you can save a few pennies by turning off the lights around the house, but I needed to make bigger money-saving moves. I didn't need to save a few pennies, I needed to save many hundreds of dollars each month. That is what this challenge is all about: taking 21 days to make some drastic, but realistic, changes in order to save at least $500 each month. If you are anything like I was, you probably have more bills and payments due each month than you have money coming in. You have undoubtedly read other money-saving tips in the past, but just felt like none of them would yield much result. You also probably don't have the time to read through a bunch of fluff, but just want to get to the point! If this sounds like you, then you are who this book was written for! And while this challenge is not intended to solve all your financial problems, it will definitely help you save money! The book is broken out into 21 short chapters, each with a realistic money-saving suggestion that will help your reach your $500/m goal. To succeed with the challenge you will need to take the chapters day-by-day and not just fly through the whole book in one sitting. Those who read a chapter a day and take action each day will be rewarded with much better success.
Relationships are hard. Far harder than the fairy tales we grew up with led us to believe and in a world where everything has become disposable, the time has come to assess our lives and determine if the people within have also ceased to be as useful as they once were to our ultimate happiness. We also need to inwardly reflect upon whether we have the fortitude to work through the tough times thereby allowing the good times to be that much sweeter. This book is designed to assist you in doing just that.
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