Learn about the two female characters, Gwendolen and Cecily, who create the Even before meeting Jack, she claims that the name Ernest. Algernon and Cecily are engaged. But Cecily thinks his name is Ernest, and so Algernon has Meanwhile, Gwendolen has arrived, andis about to meet. Cecily for the Oh no! I don't have a mother or father - in fact, I don't have any relations. Algernon. In order that I might have an opportunity of meeting you. Cecily. Her unhappy father is, I am glad to say, under the impression that she is attending a.
Yes, darling, with a little help from others. I am so glad. Besides, of course, there is the question of your name. You must not laugh at me, darling, but it had always been a girlish dream of mine to love some one whose name was Ernest. I pity any poor married woman whose husband is not called Ernest. But, my dear child, do you mean to say you could not love me if I had some other name?
Oh, any name you like—Algernon—for instance… Cecily. It is not at all a bad name. In fact, it is rather an aristocratic name. Half of the chaps who get into the Bankruptcy Court are called Algernon. Chasuble is a most learned man. He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows. I must see him at once on a most important christening—I mean on most important business.
Considering that we have been engaged since February the 14th, and that I only met you to-day for the first time, I think it is rather hard that you should leave me for so long a period as half an hour. What an impetuous boy he is! I like his hair so much. I must enter his proposal in my diary. A Miss Fairfax has just called to see Mr.
On very important business, Miss Fairfax states. Worthing in his library? Worthing went over in the direction of the Rectory some time ago. Pray ask the lady to come out here; Mr. Worthing is sure to be back soon. And you can bring tea. I suppose one of the many good elderly women who are associated with Uncle Jack in some of his philanthropic work in London. I think it is so forward of them. My name is Cecily Cardew. Something tells me that we are going to be great friends.
I like you already more than I can say. My first impressions of people are never wrong. How nice of you to like me so much after we have known each other such a comparatively short time.
Then that is all quite settled, is it not? They both sit down together. Perhaps this might be a favourable opportunity for my mentioning who I am. My father is Lord Bracknell.
You have never heard of papa, I suppose? Outside the family circle, papa, I am glad to say, is entirely unknown. I think that is quite as it should be. The home seems to me to be the proper sphere for the man. And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully effeminate, does he not? It makes men so very attractive. Cecily, mamma, whose views on education are remarkably strict, has brought me up to be extremely short-sighted; it is part of her system; so do you mind my looking at you through my glasses?
I am very fond of being looked at. Your mother, no doubt, or some female relative of advanced years, resides here also? I have no mother, nor, in fact, any relations. My dear guardian, with the assistance of Miss Prism, has the arduous task of looking after me. Yes, I am Mr. It is strange he never mentioned to me that he had a ward. How secretive of him! He grows more interesting hourly. I am not sure, however, that the news inspires me with feelings of unmixed delight.
But I am bound to state that now that I know that you are Mr. In fact, if I may speak candidly - Cecily. I think that whenever one has anything unpleasant to say, one should always be quite candid. Well, to speak with perfect candour, Cecily, I wish that you were fully forty-two, and more than usually plain for your age. Ernest has a strong upright nature. He is the very soul of truth and honour.
Disloyalty would be as impossible to him as deception. But even men of the noblest possible moral character are extremely susceptible to the influence of the physical charms of others.
Modern, no less than Ancient History, supplies us with many most painful examples of what I refer to. If it were not so, indeed, History would be quite unreadable.
I beg your pardon, Gwendolen, did you say Ernest? Oh, but it is not Mr. Ernest Worthing who is my guardian. It is his brother—his elder brother. I am sorry to say they have not been on good terms for a long time. And now that I think of it I have never heard any man mention his brother.
The subject seems distasteful to most men. Cecily, you have lifted a load from my mind. I was growing almost anxious. It would have been terrible if any cloud had come across a friendship like ours, would it not? Of course you are quite, quite sure that it is not Mr. Ernest Worthing who is your guardian? Our little county newspaper is sure to chronicle the fact next week.
Ernest Worthing and I are engaged to be married. Ernest Worthing is engaged to me. The announcement will appear in the Morning Post on Saturday at the latest.
Ernest proposed to me exactly ten minutes ago. If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so. One should always have something sensational to read in the train. I am so sorry, dear Cecily, if it is any disappointment to you, but I am afraid I have the prior claim. It would distress me more than I can tell you, dear Gwendolen, if it caused you any mental or physical anguish, but I feel bound to point out that since Ernest proposed to you he clearly has changed his mind.
Do you allude to me, Miss Cardew, as an entanglement? It becomes a pleasure. Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement? Lady Dumbleton is an instance in point. To my own knowledge she has been thirty-five ever since she arrived at the age of forty, which was many years ago now. I see no reason why our dear Cecily should not be even still more attractive at the age you mention than she is at present.
There will be a large accumulation of property. Algy, could you wait for me till I was thirty-five? Of course I could, Cecily. You know I could. I hate waiting even five minutes for anybody. It always makes me rather cross. I am not punctual myself, I know, but I do like punctuality in others, and waiting, even to be married, is quite out of the question.
Then what is to be done, Cecily? Worthing, as Miss Cardew states positively that she cannot wait till she is thirty-five—a remark which I am bound to say seems to me to show a somewhat impatient nature—I would beg of you to reconsider your decision. But my dear Lady Bracknell, the matter is entirely in your own hands.
The moment you consent to my marriage with Gwendolen, I will most gladly allow your nephew to form an alliance with my ward. Then a passionate celibacy is all that any of us can look forward to. That is not the destiny I propose for Gwendolen. Algernon, of course, can choose for himself. To miss any more might expose us to comment on the platform. Everything is quite ready for the christenings. Is not that somewhat premature? The idea is grotesque and irreligious! Algernon, I forbid you to be baptized.
I will not hear of such excesses. Lord Bracknell would be highly displeased if he learned that that was the way in which you wasted your time and money. Am I to understand then that there are to be no christenings at all this afternoon?
I am grieved to hear such sentiments from you, Mr. They savour of the heretical views of the Anabaptists, views that I have completely refuted in four of my unpublished sermons. However, as your present mood seems to be one peculiarly secular, I will return to the church at once.
Indeed, I have just been informed by the pew-opener that for the last hour and a half Miss Prism has been waiting for me in the vestry.
The Importance of Being Earnest: Second Act, Part 2
Did I hear you mention a Miss Prism? I am on my way to join her. Pray allow me to detain you for a moment. This matter may prove to be one of vital importance to Lord Bracknell and myself. Is this Miss Prism a female of repellent aspect, remotely connected with education? It is obviously the same person.
May I ask what position she holds in your household? In spite of what I hear of her, I must see her at once. Let her be sent for. I was told you expected me in the vestry, dear Canon. I have been waiting for you there for an hour and three-quarters. Miss Prism grows pale and quails. She looks anxiously round as if desirous to escape. Where is that baby? The Canon starts back in horror. Algernon and Jack pretend to be anxious to shield Cecily and Gwendolen from hearing the details of a terrible public scandal.
A few weeks later, through the elaborate investigations of the Metropolitan police, the perambulator was discovered at midnight, standing by itself in a remote corner of Bayswater. It contained the manuscript of a three-volume novel of more than usually revolting sentimentality. Lady Bracknell, I admit with shame that I do not know. I only wish I did. The plain facts of the case are these. On the morning of the day you mention, a day that is for ever branded on my memory, I prepared as usual to take the baby out in its perambulator.
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I had also with me a somewhat old, but capacious hand-bag in which I had intended to place the manuscript of a work of fiction that I had written during my few unoccupied hours. In a moment of mental abstraction, for which I never can forgive myself, I deposited the manuscript in the basinette, and placed the baby in the hand-bag.
Do not ask me, Mr. Miss Prism, this is a matter of no small importance to me. I insist on knowing where you deposited the hand-bag that contained that infant.
I left it in the cloak-room of one of the larger railway stations in London. I must retire to my room for a moment. Gwendolen, wait here for me. If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
What do you think this means, Lady Bracknell? I dare not even suspect, Dr. I need hardly tell you that in families of high position strange coincidences are not supposed to occur.
They are hardly considered the thing. Every one looks up. Uncle Jack seems strangely agitated. Your guardian has a very emotional nature. This noise is extremely unpleasant. It sounds as if he was having an argument. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.
Gwendolen & Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest: Relationship & Quotes
I wish he would arrive at some conclusion. This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last. Examine it carefully before you speak. The happiness of more than one life depends on your answer.
Yes, here is the injury it received through the upsetting of a Gower Street omnibus in younger and happier days.
Here is the stain on the lining caused by the explosion of a temperance beverage, an incident that occurred at Leamington. And here, on the lock, are my initials. I had forgotten that in an extravagant mood I had had them placed there. The bag is undoubtedly mine. I am delighted to have it so unexpectedly restored to me.
It has been a great inconvenience being without it all these years. I was the baby you placed in it. I do not deny that is a serious blow. But after all, who has the right to cast a stone against one who has suffered? Cannot repentance wipe out an act of folly? Why should there be one law for men, and another for women?
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The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde : act3
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