The importance of being ernest

Jack also tells Algernon about his fictional brother. No one but Jack knows that he himself is Ernest. Algernon tells Lady Bracknell of his engagement to Cecily, prompting her to inspect Cecily and inquire into her social connections, which she does in a routine and patronizing manner that infuriates Jack.

However, when Jack and Algernon tell Gwendolen and Cecily that they have both made arrangements to be christened Ernest that afternoon, all is forgiven and the two pairs of lovers embrace.

At the beginning of Act I, Jack drops in unexpectedly on Algernon and announces that he intends to propose to Gwendolen. Gwendolen is shown into the garden, where Cecily orders tea and attempts to play hostess.

She demands to know where the baby is. While Jack changes out of his mourning clothes, Algernon, who has fallen hopelessly in The importance of being ernest with Cecily, asks her to marry him. Gwendolen now enters, having run away from home. Chasuble to be christened Ernest later that day.

Jack accordingly resolves to himself to be rechristened "Ernest". When the governess arrives and catches sight of Lady Bracknell, she begins to look guilty and furtive.

Algernon refuses to consent until Ernest explains why his cigarette case bears the inscription, "From little Cecily, with her fondest love to her dear Uncle Jack. Ernest is his name, as is Jack, and he does have an unprincipled younger brother—Algernon.

Gwendolen and her formidable mother Lady Bracknell now call on Algernon who distracts Lady Bracknell in another room while Jack proposes to Gwendolen.

When Jack and Algernon reappear, their deceptions are exposed. Pretence was reality all along. Jack is forced to admit that he has no brother and that Ernest is a complete fiction.

The impasse is broken by the return of Miss Prism, whom Lady Bracknell recognises as the person who, 28 years earlier as a family nursemaid, had taken a baby boy for a walk in a perambulator baby carriage and never returned.

She forbids the match between Jack and Gwendolen and sweeps out of the house. It was not until the s that the case for s costumes was established; as a critic in The Manchester Guardian put it, "Thirty years on, one begins to feel that Wilde should be done in the costume of his period—that his wit today needs the backing of the atmosphere that gave it life and truth.

For years, he has also pretended to have an irresponsible black-sheep brother named Ernest who leads a scandalous life in pursuit of pleasure and is always getting into trouble of a sort that requires Jack to rush grimly off to his assistance.

Jack asks what happened to the bag, and Miss Prism says she left it in the cloakroom of a railway station. Discovering them in this intimate exchange, Lady Bracknell interviews Jack as a prospective suitor. Chasuble, to rechristen him "Ernest". William ArcherA.

However, Lady Bracknell refuses to entertain the notion. Jack and Algernon arrive toward the climax of this confrontation, each having separately made arrangements with Dr. The play is set in "The Present" i. Meanwhile, Gwendolen arrives, having decided to pay Jack an unexpected visit.

The women are somewhat appeased but still concerned over the issue of the name. Chasuble and Miss Prism—Lady Bracknell complains to her newfound relative: She demands to know what is going on.

Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff. Gwendolen Fairfax, a young lady, loved by Jack Worthing. Challenged, Miss Prism explains that she had absentmindedly put the manuscript of a novel she was writing in the perambulator, and the baby in a handbag, which she had left at Victoria Station.

Lady Bracknell interviews Jack to determine his eligibility as a possible son-in-law, and during this interview she asks about his family background.

Therefore, Algernon, too, plans for the rectorDr. As soon as she consents to his marriage to Gwendolen, Cecily can have his consent to marry Algernon.

When Jack explains that he has no idea who his parents were and that he was found, by the man who adopted him, in a handbag in the cloakroom at Victoria Station, Lady Bracknell is scandalized.

She and Gwendolen are on the point of leaving when Dr. Algernon tells her he did it in order to meet her. At this, Lady Bracknell becomes genuinely interested.The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde The Project Gutenberg eBook, The Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar Wilde This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.

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