Cecily is his ward. William ArcherA. When Jack goes out, Algernon proposes to Cecily, who gets out a diary and letters that she has already written, explaining that she had already imagined their engagement. Horrified to learn that he was adopted after being discovered as a baby in a handbag at Victoria Station, she refuses him and forbids further contact with her daughter.
Jack pretends to be Ernest. Jack accordingly resolves to himself to be rechristened "Ernest". Gwendolen Fairfax, a young lady, loved by Jack Worthing. Miss Prism writes a novel. He pokes fun of the entire social structure of fainting corset queens and mustachioed dandies Having acquired such respectable relations, he is acceptable as a suitor for Gwendolen after all.
In the country, he assumes a serious attitude for the benefit of his young wardthe heiress Cecily Cardew, and goes by the name of John or Jackwhile pretending that he must worry about a wastrel younger brother named Ernest in London.
Sometimes you just need an alter-ego On her way out, Lady Bracknell tells Jack that he must find some acceptable parents. Matthews succeeded the creators as Jack and Algy. Gwendolen, however, insists she can love only a man named Ernest. Determined to learn more about Cecily while Jack is absent, Algernon plans to stay for the weekend, then make a fast getaway before Jack arrives on Monday.
During the Victorian period, marriage was about protecting your resources and keeping socially unacceptable impulses like being gay under control. Lady Bracknell informs Jack that, as the first-born, he would have been named after his father, General Moncrieff.
Gwendolen manages to covertly promise to him her undying love. Algernon finds it curious that Jack has announced himself as "Ernest. And one of the biggest names in comedy during the Victorian Era was Oscar Wilde. She demands to know where the baby is. After Jack asks for details, he quickly runs to his room and retrieves the handbag.
Unfortunately, she explains that she really wants to marry someone named Ernest because it sounds so solidly aristocratic.
He is shocked to find Algy there posing as Ernest. Miss Prism explains that in a moment of distraction she placed the baby in her handbag and left him in Victoria Station, confusing him with her three-volume novel, which was placed in the baby carriage.
However, she accepts his proposal, and he makes a mental note to be rechristened Ernest. Chasuble arrives and announces that all is ready for the christenings.
Chasuble, to rechristen him "Ernest". Wilde was tried, sentenced to two years of hard labor, and imprisoned. Chasuble and Miss Prism—Lady Bracknell complains to her newfound relative: Therefore, Algernon, too, plans for the rectorDr.
The play is set in "The Present" i.quotes from The Importance of Being Earnest: ‘The truth is rarely pure and never simple.’. He calls a person who leads a double life a “Bunburyist,” after a nonexistent friend he pretends to have, a chronic invalid named Bunbury, to whose deathbed he is forever being summoned whenever he wants to get out of some tiresome social obligation.
The Importance of Being Earnest A Trivial Comedy for Serious People THE PERSONS IN THE PLAY. John Worthing, J.P.
Algernon Moncrieff Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
Merriman, Butler Lane, Manservant Lady Bracknell Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax Cecily Cardew Miss Prism, Governess. THE SCENES OF THE PLAY.
ACT I. Algernon. Jack now truly is Ernest, and Algernon/Cecily, Jack/Gwendolen, and Chasuble/Prism fall into each others' arms as Jack realizes the importance of being earnest. Previous Next About The Importance of Being Earnest.
Audience Reviews for The Importance of Being Earnest This adaptation of the classic play is a very nice tribute, keeping the dialogue and characters, very close to home%.
"The Importance of Being Earnest" is one of my favorite plays. I've seen multiple productions on stage as well as Asquith's film a number times. Parker's version suffers by comparison.
I came close to giving it only one star, but decent acting just barely dragged it into two star territory.Download