- Moe: Patience and Grosvenor
- Tear Jerker: Patience's second song, "Love is a Plaintive Song", is incredibly depressing.
- True Art Is Incomprehensible: Parodied. "If this young man expresses himself in terms too deep for me / Why, what a very singularly deep young man this deep young man must be!"
- Unfortunate Implications: Lady Jane's aria "Silvered Is The Raven Hair" has been criticized for containing some pretty cruel remarks at the expense of her aging physical appearance. On the other hand, defenders point out it's Jane herself making Self-Deprecation, rather than the usual practice of the day of having the other characters mock the Grand Dame.
- "Weird Al" Effect: These days, the "aesthetic movement" is remembered mainly because it is satirized in this play (and as a footnote to some of Oscar Wilde's works).
YMMV / Patience