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Too many valiant officers in World War I tragically incarnated Tennyson's words "Theirs not to make reply, Theirs not to reason why; Theirs but to do and die," priggishly leading their troops in hopeless assaults on enemy lines.
The action of that play involves the discovery by Lady Windermere of the moral complexities of human actions, leaving her convin ced that it is the 'fallen' adventuress Mrs Erlynne who is the good woman rather than her priggishly principled self.
I agree that it's bad manners not to give even a loony tune a respectful hearing, though it's not nearly such bad manners as priggishly informing someone who has just suffered a grievous injury that it's his own damn fault --even if it were his fault.