The Importance of Being Earnest
The play begins with Jack (Ernest) entering the room unexpectedly where Algernon is. He comes there to propose Lady Bracknell’s daughter, Gwendolyn. Algernon is surprised by a cigarette box, which his friend Ernest left in a past visit. Inside the box it said “from little Cecily to dear Uncle Jack”, therefore Ernest ends up admitting that his real name is Jack and not Ernest. Jack also tells that he pretends to have a brother called Ernest to justify his visits to London. Also Algernon admits that he had made up a friend- Bunbury and by that this gives him an excuse to escape the country whenever he wants to. After Jack says that if Gwendolen accepts his proposal to marry him, he will get rid of his imaginary brother, and advices Algernon to do that as well. Gwendolen and Lady Bracknell arrive. Algernon talks to Lady Bracknell, while Jack proposes to Gwendolen. The girl admits having feelings for him as well, but she mentions that she is attracted to him mainly because his name is Ernest, and she wouldn’t feel the same way if he would have a different name. Gwendolen announces to Lady Bracknell that they are engaged. Lady Bracknell is pleased, until she finds out that Jack doesn’t know who his parents are and he was found in Victoria Station in a handbag, therefore she forbids Gwendolen to marry him and leaves. Gwendolen asks for Jacks address in the country. Algernon listens and notes down the address wanting to visit Cecily. Act 2
Jack moves to the countryside. Cecily is sitting in the garden with Miss Prism. Miss Prism leaves Cecily, and after the butler enters and announces that Algernon has arrived. He pretends to be Jack’s imaginary brother- Ernest. He compliments Cecily on her beauty and they go inside. Cecily is enchanted by the name and she starts to like him. Then Jack, who is dressed in mournful clothes, comes and announces that his brother Ernest has died in Paris, therefore he asks Dr Chasuble to...
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