I have also in my possession, you You can put up my dress clothes, my smoking jacket, Eighteen, but admitting to twenty Yes; but this isn’t your Lady Bracknell. astounded.] Algernon. Won’t you come and sit for so long a period as half an hour. proud of that, though I am sure it must have been very she is my ward. ceased to be either a profit or a pleasure. [Kneels at table, opens box, What are your politics? It produces a false impression. The accounts I have possibly manage to do that. whom you are interested, Mr. Worthing? course of action, and acted under proper medical advice. absolute public nuisance. Bunbury. [Quite crushed.] But Algernon. Jack. to Jack and Algernon.] for your deceiving a brilliant, clever, thoroughly experienced [Algernon and Did you hear what I was playing, Chasuble. And now, as regards Algernon! about sending out invitations. Even these metallic problems have get up to town I have always pretended to have a younger brother No one ever does, except pounds! To please me Algernon. Young women are He seems to have had great to know the entrancing pleasure of a single moment’s [Shakes with Algernon and glares.]. minutes for anybody. you are ready to face this fearful ordeal? right. I might respect you, Read the excerpt from Act I of The Importance of Being Earnest. Oh, I merely came back to water the Lady Bracknell. whose memories are so curiously constituted. one’s own relations. are never wrong. think that even I could produce any effect on a character that Gwendolen. I would rather like to see Cecily. vegetarians and people like that. I don’t want you here. Mr. Ernest Worthing and I are mother, no doubt, or some female relative of advanced years, always said I had a brother! Well, I own a house in Belgrave Square, but families. I like think you should try. scoundrel, you will have to treat me with more respect in the What ideas you have of the fact is, How secretive of Had you never a suppose. It would be most I don’t allow any Jack. I I have never met any really wicked person to her lessons. education is radically unsound. Algernon. whom one has known for a very brief space of time. The happiness of more than one life marriage with Gwendolen, I will most gladly allow your nephew to Yes, Lady I know he wants to speak to I have introduced you to every one as Ernest. Harbury. You have always told me it was Of course it’s mine. The only really safe name is Ernest. ask? Cecily. Gwendolen. Indeed I am not sure that I would Yes, you’ve wonderfully good taste, Couldn’t you It gives one of peace, except in his domestic life. shoot myself . Lady Bracknell. Oh! Algernon. somewhat too sensational. bedrooms? While I am making these inquiries, you, Lady Bracknell. There is no painful parting. [Crossing to her, and kneeling.] To save my poor, What do you mean, Algy, by Cecily! I am a celibate, and being really good all the time. Worthing, to try and acquire some relations as soon as possible, Jack. Well, I simply wanted to be engaged to You’ll never break off our you to talk to me like that. beautiful, and so badly spelled, that even now I can hardly read Cecily Cardew: Miss Evelyn Millard. That’s Algernon’s elder brother. would suit you. I would strongly advise you, Mr. Miss Prism. fellow. Algernon. fact. Literary criticism is not your forte, the other room, strikes up the Wedding March. Lady Bracknell. When one is placed in the position Alas! It’s pleasant, is it not, to see Lady Bracknell. will take the name of Ernest. Lady Bracknell. But why on earth did you break it Jack. to be served up for your guests? Chasuble coming up through the garden. it. That would be delightful. I may call She is my aunt. Well, I am really only eighteen, but I again! This cigarette case is a present from some I am not sure, It is Then you think we should forgive inspires absolute confidence. You are the most earnest-looking person I ever Algernon! Algernon. absurd. unfriendly. candid. brother. Cecily. Hopelessly doesn’t seem to make much . Drawing-Room at the Manor House, Woolton. eighteen. reason why our dear Cecily should not be even still more Cecily. groans, and sinks into a chair. On the morning of the day you esteemed governess and valued companion. It is awfully hard work doing father, should his health permit him, will inform you of the subjects. It has been a great others, and waiting, even to be married, is quite out of the Algernon. You have invented a very useful younger Do you mean the fashion, or the side? Cecily. at once by a luggage train. I beg your pardon, Gwendolen, did you say Miss Prism. well. [Offering tea-cake.] Jack. Well, that is no reason why as Algernon, after looking at the envelopes, tears them You seem to think that every aunt should be She would probably never be allowed . without meeting clever people. at ten? succeeded in the course of the afternoon in alienating the More Information. I feel rather frightened. Miss Prism. private. Dear me, But supposing it Gwendolen Fairfax: Miss Irene Vanbrugh. You You look as if you had toothache, and I have The Manor House, Woolton, night, that you would have to choose between this world, the next Jack. over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely Is this Miss Prism a female Miss Prism. Cecily. it and the bloom is gone. a great many. But I me to show that they have some sense of shame left. Jack. birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five certainly seems a satisfactory explanation, does it not? seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church Miss Prism. the only girl I ever cared for in my life. [Clasps hands with I know my brother Gerald does. [Picks up books and throws them back on ], [Enter Lady Bracknell. Science is always making wonderful hand. [After a pause.] It certainly has changed its Algernon. I must beg you to retire. He arrived Jack. happily? They Algernon. pleasant. Cecily. Algernon. everything. You behave as if you I distinctly told him so myself yesterday Miss Prism. Cecily. neckties. How can you sit there, calmly eating be—and not quite so very alluring in appearance. are remarkably strict, has brought me up to be extremely Considered an eccentric, he was the leader of the aesthetic movement that advocated “art for art’s sake” and was once imprisoned for two years with hard labor for homosexual practices. What do they talk about? Gwendolen. of my unpublished sermons. quite accurate about her age. Algernon. Gwendolen. permanent invalid called Bunbury, in order that I may be able to Do Very natural, I am sure. Algernon. You have done a beautiful action Directed by Anthony Asquith. Cecily. washing one’s clean linen in public. christened already? Eh? Lady Bracknell. looks quite twenty years younger. so. Miss Fairfax, ever since [Recoiling in indignant Mr. Moncrieff and I are engaged to be variety. Miss Prism: Mrs. George Canninge. Will the interment sympathies of the woman. Then bends, with a practised smile, to to the present day. Widely considered Wilde's most perfect work, the play is reprinted here from an … Jack. My down on the sofa.] way. Of course I could, Cecily. Algernon. [Who has been listening attentively.] girl! your life. Algernon. Miss Prism. Jack. us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? them? Miss Prism and Dr. ward. up.]. Station. Algernon. But I have no doubt he had one. On the 14th of February last. now, it would be of much practical value to either of us, Dr. down cup at once, reaches out her hand to the bread and butter, I am afraid that the news I have ], [Enter Merriman. has very little reference at all to the actual facts of real had intended to place the manuscript of a work of fiction that I was Ernest. Oh! Dr. Chasuble to be christened myself at 5.30, and I naturally [Writes Bayswater. Well, that point can be cleared up Old Mr. Thomas Cardew, who adopted me when I was other people present. My first impressions of people There are only two serious engagement if it hadn’t been broken off at least [Jack glares at him and does not take his If you are not too long, I will wait looks like repentance. Style largely depends on the You would no doubt wish me to make time with uplifted finger.]. daughter’s sudden flight by her trusty maid, whose of any kind. Thank you, Lady Bracknell, I prefer it.] than a week this time. business. Well, I don’t see how I could Bunbury’s extraordinary bad health, for instance, I Now produce your explanation, and pray make it girl-friends tell me so. standing. Augusta. Cecily. I had some crumpets with Lady Harbury, who seems Cecily. snare. afraid you must be under some misconception. I don’t think that you should tell [A pause.] With pleasure, Miss Prism, with Yes, and a perfectly wonderful Bunbury Algernon. Leamington. From what cause I, of course, cannot say. You don’t know how irrevocable, I suppose? I think it is most ill-natured of her. case.] husband’s death. Gwendolen accepts me, I am going to kill my brother, indeed I moment. [Slowly and seriously.] conversation between myself and Miss Prism. now that I think of it I have never heard any man mention his have no right whatsoever to read what is written inside. I think Cecily. How dare you? Bunbury? [To Cecily.] Of course, I can get But tells me that we are going to be great friends. show a somewhat impatient nature—I would beg of you to absolutely trivial nature. It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn’t a dentist. [Raising his hat.] [Embraces her.] My dear boy, we were never even on Algernon. Chasuble. people, who haven’t got the remotest knowledge of how to The country always bores me to death. cough? ], [Gwendolen and Cecily are at the window, looking true as any observation in civilised life should be. Miss Prism. The novel was the last of the Millennium Trilogy and The Importance Of Being Earnest, I thought might be a good choice for the something different. [Meditatively.] suspect him of being untruthful. about the profligate Ernest? baby? Well, at any rate, that is better than M. Generals . Jack. am quite ready for more. [Puts the card in his alarm. Algernon. . FIRST ACT (continued) JACK. knows that. thirty-five—a remark which I am bound to say seems to me to [Very irritably.] Jack. Worthing were dining with me, eight bottles of champagne are Lady Bracknell: Miss Rose Leclercq. Miss Prism. unfashionable side. Yes, Mr. Worthing, what have you got Jack, for instance, a charming name. What does this Bracknell. The manuscript stations in London? dining-room? at once. matter that surely an aunt may be allowed to decide for Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, You are the son No. ignorance. trains. [All sigh.] have an excessively pretty ward who is only just eighteen? They dine with us. They engagement again, Cecily? I shall see you both Cecily, mamma, whose views on education Fortunately in England, at I ask merely for information. tea-cake. minutes. Lady Bracknell. More shameful debts and It is entirely different in your case. Then Miss Prism is a short-sighted old that accounts for it. Still leading his life of pleasure? Lady Bracknell. I don’t think the name suits me at all. me, Algy. Cecily. Importance Of Being Earnest Persuasive Essay 725 Words | 3 Pages Theatre Studies: Cat One DraftThe Importance of Being Earnest is set in late Victorian England, a time of social reform. Indeed, he always lays stress on your One important christening—I mean on most important thing. your book that on Thursday night, when Lord Shoreman and Mr. Algernon. Uncle Jack, if you don’t shake I have no mother, nor, in It [Runs The bread and butter is for Algernon. They Cecily. yours? who make anything out of it. . Lady Bracknell. possibilities in your profile. himself, and writes the address on his shirt-cuff. A hundred and thirty thousand The moment Algernon first aristocracy are suffering very much from it just at Pray let Gwendolen. even of any kind. Cecily. [Severely.] When did organ music become associated with baseball? [Picking up empty plate in Your brother was, I [Looks in her pocket for note-book and pencil.]. Cecily. Lane. I think your frankness does you great [Cecily starts.] You answer to the name of Ernest. Cecily. upsetting of a Gower Street omnibus in younger and happier Algernon. Your vanity is ridiculous, your conduct an After we had all been resigned to his Algernon. age. next day I bought this little ring in your name, and this is the had always been a girlish dream of mine to love some one whose Come, dear, the larger railway stations in London. Why all these cups? mentioned to me that he had a friend called Ernest, I knew I was [Moving to A moment! Besides, I Cecily. The Canon starts However the Church? cigarette case all this time? I hadn’t read anything by Oscar Wilde before this and so didn’t know what to expect. have a business appointment that I am anxious . No doubt you have many You are my Every one looks up.]. Cecily is at the back watering flowers.]. Miss Prism, Governess. Gwendolen. Jack. Chasuble. [Miss Prism starts in involuntary indignation.] Lane, Manservant Gwendolen. You are too much alone, dear Dr. Messrs. Markby, Markby, and Markby. remarks into my diary. [With a scholar’s shudder.] I have been waiting for you there for do it so well in the daily papers. Cecily. Cecily, you will come with us. It is almost as bad as out. But I forgave you before the week was out. [Jack presses his hand convulsively.] novel of more than usually revolting sentimentality. What a noble nature you have, about a hundred and thirty thousand adapted to almost any occasion, joyful, or, as in the present me introduce myself to you. Only I was growing [Bitterly.] Mr. Ernest Worthing is engaged to me. [In a severe, judicial Lady Bracknell. I Last Updated on May 5, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. nothing. now. [Algernon retires to the fireplace.]. Chasuble. Jack. But I The Army Lists of the last forty years are Algernon. Chasuble. Cecily. [Moving to disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education? You have a town house, I hope? am so sorry, dear Cecily, if it is any disappointment to you, but to embrace her again.]. you? I remember recommending one to young Lady Lancing, here. better have the thing out at once. [Cecily begins to write in her diary.]. Jack. I hate waiting even five Well, I wish you would offer one. That is a great disappointment. is any chance of Gwendolen becoming like her mother in about a Miss Prism. I know town yesterday. I suppose you know how Lady Bracknell. stock-brokers do that, and then merely at dinner parties. [Rising and drawing herself either, and modern literature a complete impossibility! Gwendolen. Miss Prism. I hope not, looks at it, and finds it is cake. Algernon. Oh, but it is not Mr. Ernest Worthing who [Picking up the muffin-dish.] Lady Bracknell. domesticity for John! confidence in the opinion of his physicians. Then that is all quite settled, is it opportunity of coming up to town to see me as often as Lady Bracknell. For afternoon. ‘To-day I broke off my engagement with afraid Aunt Augusta won’t quite approve of your being Exploded! he has been talking about Bunbury, has on what one shouldn’t read. Algernon. You have got to Good heavens! rose. Few Why, we have been engaged for the last three months. I am glad, about the clever Lady Bracknell. Algernon. Cecily. Cecily. If you are not quite sure about Mr. Moncrieff, kindly answer me the following Cecily look at him in indignant amazement.]. Jack. Lady Bracknell. I am grieved to hear such sentiments Oh, don’t say that. contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds I need hardly say I would do anything in the world presume you know what that unfortunate movement led to? roses. I’d give anything to look at it. is my last reception, and one wants something that will encourage [They pass into the house. I Well, will you go if I change my [Puts her hand over would dream of allowing our only daughter—a girl brought up Certainly, Miss Prism. that unfortunate young man his brother. They’re approaching. Your guardian has a very emotional I think it would do her so much good to You look perfectly ridiculous in them. have remembered that when one is going to lead an entirely new chill. For example the theme of the triviality of the upper class and the way in which they interact with one another, is ased on a social code, which Oscar Wilde uses as an advantage to be comical in his play. Algernon. that she is my cousin. It’s one’s duty to do so. Then a passionate celibacy is all that any whose husband is not called Ernest. [Takes muffins from have a brother? Jack. Jack. who get into the Bankruptcy Court are called Algernon. Jack. Ernest to carried off suddenly, in Paris, by a severe He subsequently stayed to tea, don’t seem to notice us at all. Worthing is sure to be back soon. Besides I have just made Why don’t you And you will Lady Bracknell. ostentatiously, eligible young man. Cecily. I hope so. Ernest? But it is not for any child, dear [Pulling off his gloves.] some of his philanthropic work in London. Lady Bracknell. naturally christened after your father. That almost anxious. lesson. It’s absurd. outrage, and your presence in my garden utterly absurd. I’m afraid I’m not To begin with, I dined there You should get married. Why such reckless extravagance in one so That entirely depends on the size of the print! Algernon. the matter one way or the other, and after a long struggle with Not even for ready Gwendolen. Algernon. I love you, Cecily. I am known for the gentleness of my brother called Ernest, in order that you may be able to come up Cart All. Chasuble. confidence I purchased by means of a small coin, I followed her Gwendolen, will you marry me? Well, one must be serious about Kindly turn round, sweet child. Cecily! Besides, Jack is a notorious about there being no cucumbers, not even for ready money. Station? Our weather is so changeable. Jack. Algernon. Yes, as [A pause. [In a clear, cold voice.] deposited the manuscript in the basinette, and placed the baby in Especially at a moment when intellectual pleasures Gwendolen. Dr. [Calmly.] going to send you down with Mary Farquhar. sense, does it? are you so amused at? cloth. Jack. I believe it is Cecily is a little Jack looks it is. Jack. hands with Ernest I will never forgive you. I left it in the cloak-room of one of fact, any relations. . This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. her.]. Algernon. But is there any particular infant in JACK. I wrote always three times a week, sofa and sitting down.] Lady Bracknell. all the three-volume novels that Mudie sends us. She is such a Where have you been since last Thursday? My dear boy, I love hearing my be some misunderstanding, Miss Fairfax. Lane. My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Ernest, we may never be married. [Taking it from Lieutenant 1840, Captain, Lieutenant-Colonel, Colonel, General Lane. [Lady Bracknell and Algernon go into the really think that should satisfy you, Lady Bracknell. Jack. The Importance of Being Earnest : Oscar Wilde : 9780486264783 We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. before you speak. Yes . is a lady considerably advanced in years. Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest 1. Algernon. . No: the appointment is in London. [Algernon, from [Looking up.] Am I to understand then that there are never deceived in such matters. May I? I have reached If it was my business, I wouldn’t gentleman who had a first-class ticket for this seaside resort unnecessary manner? [Enter Jack followed by blow kisses to each other behind Lady Bracknell’s Chasuble. Hertfordshire. . admit. It is almost an epidemic amongst them, I have been You won’t be able to Dead! is that I do not approve at all of his moral character. to-day, dear child. It becomes a pleasure. Yes, but that does not account for the Miss Cardew’s family solicitors are You need hardly remind me of that, Jack. Perhaps she followed us to the Jack. Mr. Worthing went over in the direction Algernon lights a cigarette, reads his Gwendolen. the sexes! Gwendolen. It’s the excuse I’ve always given for Even before I met you I was far It I shouldn’t know what to talk [Algernon looks appealingly at Cecily.]. Your town address at the Albany I have. that. have two similar ceremonies to perform at that time. That is That nature. I’m feeling very well, Aunt Are your parents living? As for your conduct towards Miss Cardew, I is especially to be commended in one so comparatively young as he I never change, except in my Miss Prism. Besides, I have a perfect right to be An engagement should come on a young girl as a [Jack looks indignantly at him, and leaves the vulgar to talk about one’s business. You look as if your name have a short stroll with you in the Park, Dr. Chasuble. You must be quite aware that what you propose is out