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. When the governess arrives and catches sight of Lady Bracknell, she begins to look guilty and furtive.
This picture says it all to me: Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff. He can bare all the graces of a Victorian gentleman, the perfects ideal, but he can also have fun.
In the city, meanwhile, he assumes the identity of the libertine Ernest. William ArcherA. What a penetrating critique of high Victorian society this becomes; but rather than being a dull argument or essay, it takes on the body of a hilarious play.
Ernest has come from the country to propose to Algernon's cousin, Gwendolen Fairfax.
Jack examines the army lists and discovers that his father's name—and hence his own real name—was in fact Ernest. Chasuble to be christened Ernest later that day. Gwendolen points out that this is impossible as she herself is engaged to Ernest Worthing.
In fact, the dandy in both plays turns out to be something very close to the real hero. They simply consume without producing in their self-aggrandised manners. When Jack and Algernon enter from the garden, the two women confront them.
Alexander tried, unsuccessfully, to save the production by removing Wilde's name from the billing, [n 2] but the play had to close after only 86 performances. This demonstrates the greed that permeates the morale fabric of Victorian society, as neither of these men actually actively work and they just spend their time self-indulging through their respective false identities.
They want perfection not a reflection of the real person. Meanwhile, Jack, having decided that Ernest has outlived his usefulness, arrives home in deep mourning, full of a story about Ernest having died suddenly in Paris. Gwendolen and her mother, Lady Bracknell, arrive, which gives Jack an opportunity to propose to Gwendolen.
A party of something women in the front rows were soon fanning themselves — and not because of the heat. I loved it even though it got me shivering.
But lies always catch up with people; it was obvious that this would end in an explosion of realisations. Great Yarmouth Hippodrome is the last circus theatre in Britain, and it was packing in the holidaymakers this Wednesday matinee, just as it has been most seasons since Jack's revelation of his pretty and wealthy young ward has motivated his friend to meet her.
The characters have some rather hilarious notions as to what is right and what is wrong. The characters have some rather hilarious notions as to what is right and what is wrong. Pretence was reality all along. George Canninge The Marquess of Queensberrythe father of Wilde's lover Lord Alfred Douglas who was on holiday in Algiers at the timehad planned to disrupt the play by throwing a bouquet of rotten vegetables at the playwright when he took his bow at the end of the show.
So you can imagine the excitement I felt after getting my hands on a lighter and hearty play which recaptured my interest in the world of Wilde. At times they say things that make absolutely no sense, but such is the nature of ideals.
Launching herself on her tiny underground venue, to the strains of La Bamba, dressed as a bunch of grapes and sporting a handlebar moustache, she co-opts the audience in multiple roles, including an earthworm glove puppet who is menaced by a villainous bird.
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.
Morality and the constraints it imposes on society is a favourite topic of conversation. Gwendolen again informs Lady Bracknell of her engagement to Jack, and Lady Bracknell reiterates that a union between them is out of the question.
When Jack explains the details of the train line he was left at, she ironically exclaims: Wellsin an unsigned review for the Pall Mall Gazettecalled Earnest one of the freshest comedies of the year, saying "More humorous dealing with theatrical conventions it would be difficult to imagine.
Algernon arrives, pretending to be Ernest Worthing, and soon charms Cecily. quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest: ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’ The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilderatings, average rating, 7, reviews Open Preview The “In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity, is the vital thing.”.
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