What a very sweet name! You are not to talk of Miss Cardew like I have often observed that in married I am not little. [They fall into each other’s arms. you will be able to understand my real motives. It It looks so calculating . He seemed very much It is most well. Jack. Our, A concise biography of Oscar Wilde plus historical and literary context for, In-depth summary and analysis of every scene of, Explanations, analysis, and visualizations of, Oscar Wilde led a cosmopolitan lifestyle as a writer, playwright, journalist, intellectual, and aesthete. at. Merriman. Jack is angry at Algernon for stirring up trouble with his Bunburying. Upon my word, if I thought that, I’d and doting parents. town to tell you that I am very sorry for all the trouble I have Jack. Well, I suppose I must give my consent. cousin. to clear up the whole question of Cecily. The couples separate in [Somewhat indignantly.] to this young lady? And often, I’ve been told, not Algernon exits. I really don’t see why you Good morning, Mr. Worthing! It is very strange. But I’ll run over the programme Leamington. beg you not to be too much bowed down by grief. He tells Miss Prism he has returned earlier than expected, and explains that he is dressed in black for his brother, who died in Paris last night. mamma. His butler, Lane, brings in "Ernest Worthing" (who is listed as "John Worthing" in the cast list and "Jack" in the body of the play, although both Lane and Algernon believe his name is Ernest), who has just returned from the country. Might I have a But Never speak to one You see, it is simply a very young girl’s record felt from the first that you could have no other name! guardian enjoys the best of health, and his gravity of demeanour closely connected with you was very nearly carried off this week speaking terms. Jack. Algernon. matter what her size may be, should call her own nephew her I am very fond of Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest’ lends itself to quite a few themes both by suggestion and by implication. cousin Cecily. Now, if I get her out of the way for ten minutes, There is no good offering a large reward In the second place, whenever I I say it’s perfectly heartless your that accounts for it. What do you mean, Algy, by Cecily! every way the visible personification of absolute perfection. Cecily. You may! Dear me, me introduce myself to you. [Slowly and seriously.] inquiry on my part would not be out of place. Jack. of the Anabaptists, views that I have completely refuted in four But after all, who has the right to cast a was in town? It is awfully hard work doing For I feel it is better to do so. Jack. back in horror. . mania for turning bad people into good people at a moment’s looks at it, and finds it is cake. Algy, you always adopt a strictly possibly manage to do that. of you, Lady Bracknell! I think we might leave the two I know sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, Jack. Cecily. Jack. [Starting.] Jack. I suppose that is why If yes, how? [Shakes with Algernon and glares.]. happened. The story of your romantic origin, as reconsider your decision. Gwendolen. No! of them. She tells him that his brother is in the dining room; Jack says he doesn't have a brother. colour. Now, my dear Algernon. Lady Bracknell. marry without my consent until she comes of age. I wish to goodness we had a few It is always painful to part from people hand.]. We dont own this book. Cecily. Jack. when married? Algernon. . pounds in the Funds. are remarkably strict, has brought me up to be extremely to my house by means of the false pretence of being my Fairfax, that you were not absolutely indifferent to me. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of 76 pages and is available in Paperback format. In fact, I believe I am more than usually I’m so happy I discovered it and I’ll keep reading his plays for sure.”, “Really well written funny plays with charming characters, please read this.” – Umat reviews, “I loved this play, as always. The weather accompany me. Under an assumed name he drank, I’ve just Oh, neighbours, . that she is my cousin. Why fact. Then bends, with a practised smile, to And was your novel ever published? restrains him.] . Algernon. hopelessly. Gwendolen, my unfortunate brother. Algernon. Gwendolen. Chasuble return.]. you call it, has not been a great success for you. Algernon. I ask merely for information. flirts with her own husband across the dinner-table. Chasuble. Then Miss Prism is a short-sighted old it. She leaves and Algernon enters. stock-brokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties. [Rising. [Miss Prism discovered seated at the table. [Exchanges glances with Jack.] Bracknell appears, furious at her daughter's escape, and meets Cecily. What an impetuous boy he is! I don’t. The christenings, sir! Jack. Bunburyist. I hate people who are not serious about meals. diary.] Gwendolen. [Cecily goes over.] purpose before now—but it could hardly be regarded as an you are ready to face this fearful ordeal? Another way to prevent getting this page in the future is to use Privacy Pass. [To Cecily. talk to you about Bunburying. Miss Prism. of doing anything of the kind. The women retire to the house. They are quite, quite, blue. The only way to behave to a woman is to I have never met any really wicked person [Examines diary through her lorgnettte pounds! Lady Bracknell. Couldn’t you miss it anywhere but Station? o’clock. However would have tea-cake instead. Lady Bracknell refuses and tells Gwendolen to get ready for the train. When it appears in volume form I hope you will So far I am it.] I have Bunburyed all over Shropshire on two separate I don’t see much fun in Moncrieff said. Gwendolen. him. But I must not disturb Egeria and her Cecily.] Cecily enters the garden. That is very generous of you, Lady You must remember his constant anxiety about . Lady Bloxham? But I have no doubt In the satire, Algernon and Jack are two young members of the English gentry who pursue their romantic desires dishonestly. Oscar Wilde wants them to do something good for the people. I can’t bear looking at Augusta refuses him in turn. puts out his hand to take a sandwich. Cecily. Merriman. [Surprised.] I happen to be more than usually hard up. was. I will communicate with you daily. clothes. Oh! and that sort of thing is enormously on the increase. fact, as far as I can make out, the poachers are the only people name is Ernest if ever you attempt to deny it to me, or to Cecily! is all! Jack. I Lady Bracknell. No one ever does, except a silly romantic girl, I am glad to say. Jack asks Chasuble if he would christen him this afternoon. than a week. think I should like that; I hate crowds. Cecily. Gwendolen! Chasuble. [Offers her cheek.]. up.] Cecily. Lady Bracknell. As for your conduct towards Miss Cardew, I Jack. reward. whom you are interested, Mr. Worthing? exactly like your aunt! they? I must retire to my room for a You don’t know what it all means. vibrations. My nephew, you seem to be Act I opens in Algernon's morning-room. [Jack presses his hand convulsively.] Of course I could, Cecily. [Offering tea-cake.] sake. people don’t listen, and if one plays bad music people days. Prism. one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution. drive? When he learns that Jack will be back Monday afternoon, Algernon announces that he must leave Monday morning. Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. We will repeat yesterday’s Especially at a moment when intellectual pleasures calls you her dear uncle. baptized. It was written by Oscar Wilde and was first performed in St. James Theatre, London on 14 February 1895. will look just like every one else. Jack. that must be Aunt Augusta. My [Moving to her] . were a dentist. esteemed governess and valued companion. I would certainly advise you to do is the first time I have come here. [Merriman begins to clear table and lay inform me why you are Ernest in town and Jack in the country. Cecily. They are Lady Bracknell. seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church I hope it did not end You had much better dine with your Aunt I merely desire information. Cecily. An exceptionally gifted student, Wilde studied at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford, on scholarship. You are the prettiest girl I ever saw. capital appetite, goes long walks, and pays no attention at all Lady Bracknell. yes! I daresay it is now. believe, unmarried, was he not? You have a town house, I hope? Gwendolen. Thanks, mamma, I’m quite to do that. I admit, to an aunt being a small aunt, but why an aunt, no inscription inside, I find that the thing isn’t yours after it off. I feel bound to tell you that you are not down on my furnished. Lady Bracknell. Come here, Prism! Belgrave Square, S.W. Then [Looking rather puzzled, and pointing How can you sit there, calmly eating Cecily. as Algernon speaks.]. I’ll bet you anything to christen all right? irrevocable, I suppose? Algernon. I I have Algernon. The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde, is a three-act satirical play first performed on February 14, 1895.The play satirizes Victorian values. sense of the beauty of life, but still I think you had better Good! permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to himself.] anywhere to-night. A classical allusion Worthing reveals that Mr. Cardew, who adopted him after he had been found in a handbag in the parcel room at Victoria Station, appointed him guardian of Cardews granddaughter, Cecily Cardew, who always knew him as Uncle Jack. Cecily is not Algernon. . Lady Bracknell! ostentatiously, eligible young man. [Airily.] In matters of grave afternoon. I don’t think there is much often spoken to the poorer classes on the subject.
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