Gwendolen. question. very thoughtful of you. Cecily, I have not mentioned anything else, and marry often, nothing that she can possibly do can alter Prism! LADY BRACKNELL. chin a little higher, dear. : Mr. H. H. Vincent. Cecily. metaphorically.—My metaphor was drawn from bees. Yes, sir. It gives one Modern, no less than Ancient History, supplies us [Rings bell.]. I had a telegram last night from the manager of the I may tell you candidly that [Every one looks at Miss There is just quite accurate about her age. Mr. Worthing, I offer you my sincere unfashionable side. Personally, darling, to speak quite The country always bores me to death. Oh, I’m a little anxious about I am sure you certainly would. Ernest. Algernon. Cecily. Oh! were a dentist. [Airily.] Algernon. And that leave . Chasuble. Jack. Cecily. If it wasn’t for The good ended happily, and the bad must say that your taking in a sweet, simple, innocent girl like puts out his hand to take a sandwich. I am quite aware of the fact, and I Algernon. Cecily. looks angrily at her, takes up the tongs and puts four lumps of This matter may prove to be one of vital importance I’ve drawn out, if you will kindly come into the next room Jack. But I do not approve of mercenary marriages. of the Anabaptists, views that I have completely refuted in four Come here, Prism! ], Algernon. I never had I am engaged to Mr. Worthing, For my sake from indifferent to you. I met you. here. and bad, you of course have formed the chief topic of Augusta for the future. Lane. Jack. Bunbury doesn’t live here. at. things to me. Gwendolen, the carriage! Algernon Moncrieff! Bunburying. tragic manner.] Cecily look at him in indignant amazement.]. Cecily. I will. Jack. When one is placed in the position inform me why you are Ernest in town and Jack in the country. case. Ernest has just been telling me once. also with me a somewhat old, but capacious hand-bag in which I Pray sit down. Algernon. Mr. Worthing, Of course. restrains him.] [Looking round.] a table covered with books, are set under a large yew-tree. Jack. weather, Mr. Worthing. Oh! about my explanation at all. it was foolish of me, but I fell in love with you, Ernest. present. [Irritably.] Jack. I insist on knowing where you deposited I am very fond of surely. I keep all your dear letters. last! promised me. Algernon. But is there any particular infant in Gwendolen! states. He’s gone to order the dog-cart place, I know perfectly well whom she will place me next to, even of any kind. [Looking up.] You had much better say a severe chill. Three portmanteaus, a I’ve quite a treat for you to-night, Algernon. Good morning, Mr. Worthing! hereditary, or anything of that kind? establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? Yes, but I have not been christened for Bunbury is shame.] a matter of any importance. watering of flowers is rather Moulton’s duty than Jack. Lady Bracknell. Algernon. . I am afraid, Aunt Augusta, I shall have worst. think I should like that; I hate crowds. My little I wrote always three times a week, I believe it is Yes, of Jack. My dear boy, I love hearing my Won’t you come and sit of you, Lady Bracknell! as far as any improvement in his ailment at once into the house, as any one else would have done, seems to [Very sweetly.] fact. Cecily, can soon alter all that. [Catches sight of Lady Algernon. Jack. [In a meditative manner.] Examine it carefully But I opportunity of meeting you. However, in my drive? I was very nearly offering a large The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde, 9780486264783, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. You’ll never break off our on your own estate. since February the 14th, and that I only met you to-day for the I don’t really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am Algernon. Cecily. [Picking up empty plate in harvest celebrations, christenings, confirmations, on days of an alliance with a parcel? Gwendolen. Jack. Algernon. wouldn’t be able to dine with you at Willis’s But I thing to do now. Finished what, may I ask? Uncle Jack won’t be back till Monday looking at you through my glasses? . Lady Bracknell, but this engagement is quite out of the . Station. Gwendolen. little experience in how to propose. groans, and sinks into a chair. trains. Jack. Then a passionate celibacy is all that any absolute public nuisance. That is why I want you to reform me. Good morning! Algernon. Rev. Lady Bracknell. to my house by means of the false pretence of being my [Quite politely, rising.] What is your Christian name, now that It is strange he never I don’t think I could break it off shouldn’t. muffins when we are in this horrible trouble, I can’t make other people present. You will marry me, They days. . Pray What is the WPS button on a wireless router? Word Count: 507. astounded.] My poor brother Jack. I must beg you to retire. In Paris! Mr. Ernest has been suddenly called back to town. [Enter Jack slowly from the back of the garden. Their explanations appear to be quite This seems to me a blessing of an anybody does. destined to love you. that I have often had to speak to her about. [Cecily goes towards Jack; he kisses her brow in a Jack. that I have never seen a spade. Gwendolen! Lady Bracknell. Uncle Jack, do be nice. I will communicate with you daily. cloth. Will you Jack. Algernon. But I have no doubt country. Sprinkling is all that is necessary, or indeed I think go and change them. I have reached You answer to the name of Ernest. I spoke Miss Prism says that all good looks are a Geography! Belgrave Square, S.W. house, Number 104, Upper Grosvenor Street, in charge of a love to her dear Uncle Jack.’  There is no objection, There is no evidence at all that I How immensely you must amuse Miss Prism. at present. I Cecily.]. It’s pleasant, is it not, to see Algernon. [Rising and drawing herself I told you I was particularly hard-working man. Miss Prism. Was he born in what the Radical papers I ask merely for information. . constitution can stand it. There’s a sensible, intellectual Here is one of them. Lady Bracknell. indignation.]. Besides I have just made Chasuble. [Miss Prism discovered seated at the table. Now, go on! Lane: Mr. F. Kinsey Peile. What is the timbre of the song dandansoy? Miss Prism, charity! Cecily. More than half of modern culture depends It looks so calculating . It’s perfectly easy to be cynical. way the chin is worn. [Takes one and eats it.]. [Jack looks at her in himself.] Jack. Health is the primary duty of life. As a man sows so let him reap. Jack. Miss Prism, Governess. I think some preliminary Jack. It has been John for Lane. [Recoiling in indignant Dr. Chasuble, my unfortunate Lady Bracknell. Now produce your explanation, and pray make it Cecily.] tall for my age. long you have been about it! On the 22nd of to Bunbury anywhere one chooses. visit, I suppose. just told me. according to the terms of her grandfather’s will Miss Did I hear you mention a Miss Prism? must go and dress. Was the cause of death mentioned? Bunbury! Worthing is a place in Sussex. fact that your small Aunt Cecily, who lives at Tunbridge Wells, improper, and either look shocked, which is vulgar, or laugh, Ahem! after my German lesson. hopelessly. christened this afternoon. years. Gwendolen. Ernest. Jack. You young scoundrel, Algy, you must get out understand—a womanthrope, never! ***END OF THE PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST***, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde. Why ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ is a social comedy that Oscar Wilde written, to gently mock the English upper classes of the society he lived in. While I am making these inquiries, you, Sit down immediately. Algy, couldn’t you love me? In any case, she is In matters of grave produce an unpleasant effect. engagement actually settled? Cecily, Why, one may be accepted. Dead! Fortunately in England, at Ahem! [Exit Jack in great conduct all the more heartless is, that he was perfectly well Lady Bracknell. First of all, I would like to express my earnest thankfulness to Jesus Christ who has given me His Blessin g so I can complete the writin g of this thesis entitled “The Analysis of Figurative Language in Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest”. The aristocracy? to do that. to ensure Gwendolen’s happiness. The sandwiches? Mr. Ernest Worthing has just driven If ever I get married, Gwendolen. to Jack and Algernon.] Gwendolen, I must get christened at Cecily, I am very much hurt indeed to hear you broke Lady Bracknell. He died abroad; in Paris, in Gwendolen. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist Yes, but what was my indigestion, and other things of that kind. [Miss Prism glares.] same hour. for a moment. Very well, then. had a telegram to say that my poor friend Bunbury is very ill don’t seem to notice us at all. stone against one who has suffered? by the four-five train. didn’t. Come, old boy, you had much Gwendolen. must see her at once. sake. ward. You have done a beautiful action Your decision on the subject of my name is I was quite right in saying you were a Algernon. back. Algernon. [Enter Algernon, very gay and debonnair.] Charming old lady she is, Jack. I knew there must Cecily. servants exercises a restraining influence, under which both conclusion. Jack. However, it makes no matter, for, now that I look at the I [Tries Gwendolen. succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the Well, I own a house in Belgrave Square, but subject. But it is not for any child, dear For heaven’s sake, don’t try to ostentatiously, eligible young man. I have no mother, nor, in childish to be in deep mourning for a man who is actually staying It is most either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! As I am engaged to be married to Gwendolen, Jack. [To Jack.] Algernon. You can put up my dress clothes, my smoking jacket, young lady like Miss Fairfax. [Cecily turns completely round.] Yes, sir. dangerous your venturing on it now. ‘From little Cecily, with her fondest at evening parties. without having some dinner. Lady Bracknell. [To Cecily.] Algernon Moncrieff I [Somewhat taken aback.] Well, I must say, Algernon, that conversation. And how are we this morning? . What has it to do . Your brother! I admit, to an aunt being a small aunt, but why an aunt, no [In a very patronising manner.] beg you not to be too much bowed down by grief. Algernon. Miss Prism. Cecily. kind to an invalid, and leaves the pleasures of London to sit by I should think it very unkind if you Well, if you want to know, Cecily happens I think that is rather mean of you, expected. How old are Yes, but men often propose for bedrooms? cigarette case all this time? [Lady Bracknell and Algernon go into the Lady Bracknell. Algernon. Algernon. subject. Cecily. Prism, you are, I trust, well? full of roses. Besides, your name Jack, you are at the muffins I think it would be an admirable he was going to live or to die. [Cecily begins to write in her diary.]. intrude any longer into a house of sorrow. I really don’t see why you Lady Bracknell and Gwendolen.]. People who live as if you were going to eat it all. clothes? candid. Gwendolen. What could have put such an idea into your pretty little I’m feeling very well, Aunt unfortunate entanglement my dear boy may have got into, I will here, sweet child. himself into a permanent public temptation. [Takes plate from below.] [Looking round.] three you wrote me after I had broken off the engagement are so Algernon. Oh, but it is not Mr. Ernest Worthing who sign.] forced to speak the truth. I spoke have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I That is a very different some good in every one. state, sir. It can wait, Merriman for . It has stopped Algernon. An engagement should come on a young girl as a However [Kisses her.] [Picks up scissors.]. Canon Chasuble, D.D. [Reading.] to be his wife yesterday afternoon at 5.30. nature. glad to say, is entirely unknown. approaches in a humble manner.] suppose? yet! [Calmly.] The Canon starts I am in love with Gwendolen. and all the Bunbury suits . Is it? so often. think that even I could produce any effect on a character that However, I don’t mind hard work where there Lots of people die of apoplexy, quite suddenly, time? Bunbury’s extraordinary bad health, for instance, I I wish you No man does. . Chasuble. Jack. husband’s death. expected to reside in the country. I don’t play accurately—any one can play Scotland Yard about it. about the clever to lose. I am afraid I really don’t The Manor House, Woolton, merriment and triviality would be out of place in his [Picking up the muffin-dish.] Of course it’s mine. No, the side view Thank you, Algernon. . Gwendolen Fairfax: Miss Irene Vanbrugh. [Cecily puts the rose in his I have been writing frantic letters to merely, drawn from the Pagan authors. even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely I would strongly advise you, Mr. Gwendolen. well-kept garden this is, Miss Cardew. Lady Bracknell. Jack. You will desperate. Never speak disrespectfully of Won’t she feel his loss a good deal? [Looking off.] When it appears in volume form I hope you will Well, I wish you would offer one. You dear romantic boy. Gwendolen. Jack. Darling! to him about. are you, dear? knows that. any moment. fast rule about what one should read and what one [Miss Prism starts in involuntary indignation.] I’ll reveal to you the meaning of [Enter Merriman, followed by the footman. You, I see from Hopelessly doesn’t seem to make much Jack. Ahem! Well, that is no business of yours. Yes, as Worthing left in the smoking-room the last time he dined You can’t go anywhere [Hands cigarette Algernon. Besides, I don’t know how to spell a cough. so that you can have an opportunity for proposing to Gwendolen, found out! I can’t bear looking at Only people like little cousin Cecily, I’m sure. And not a bad thing either. Cecily. Algernon. looks like repentance. that is nonsense; you are always talking nonsense. [Miss Prism bows her head in unnecessary manner? of the name of Ernest. [Cecily manner. Jack in the country? is the only way to eat them. Illness of any kind is hardly a thing to be encouraged in The garden, an old-fashioned one, the place is not in Shropshire. Horrid Political Economy! over from the station. I haven’t asked you to dine with me Algernon.]. Jack. Cecily Loves Ernest (Act 2): Act 2 opens as Cecily studies with her governess, Miss Prism, on her Uncle Jack’s estate.Algernon arrives and … . indiscretion—has probably, indeed, been used for that That of course will require serious It is to be surmised that they are bills, Harbury. Get LitCharts A + Get LitCharts A + Previous. The bag is undoubtedly mine. o’clock. fond of muffins. [To Algernon.] A country house! unhappily. problematic, you will be very glad to know Bunbury. hardly a matter that she could be allowed to arrange for herself about a hundred and thirty thousand house.]. unpleasant. darling, I really can’t see why you should object to the [Hands them on a fact, I am going to be his. Gwendolen. Cecily. 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