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We meet Algernon's friend Jack Worthington. The characters of Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen, Cecily and Miss Prism are also introduced through reference only. Meet the first-nighters at the opening of Broadway's The Importance of Being Gwendolen Fairfax (Sara Topham) and Cecily Cardew (Charlotte Yeah, he wrote this great script, but he also put people in great Font Family. My dear fellow, Gwendolen is my cousin and before I allow you to marry her you shall have to clear up this whole question of Cecily. . The moment Algy first mentioned to me that he had a friend called Ernest. . I'd rather like to meet Cecily. Well. .. I have a double baptism this afternoon and I have to top up the font.
Appearance was everything, and style was much more important than substance. While a person could lead a secret life, carry on affairs within marriage or have children outside of wedlock, society would look the other way as long as the appearance of propriety was maintained.
Her marriage proposal must be performed correctly, and her brother even practices correct proposals. The guise of correctness is the framework for war.
Both women, thinking they are engaged to the same person, wage a civilized "war" over the tea service while the servants silently watch. Although she asks for bread and butter, Gwendolen is given a large slice of cake. Her true feelings come out only in an aside that Cecily supposedly cannot hear: Wilde gives examples again and again of the aristocrat's concern for propriety, that everything is done properly no matter what those good manners might be camouflaging.
Absence of Compassion Two areas in which the Victorians showed little sympathy or compassion were illness and death. Lady Bracknell hears that Bunbury died after his doctors told him he could not live, she feels he has — in dying — acted appropriately because he had the correct medical advice. Absence of Compassion Health is the primary duty of life. Absence of Compassion Gwendolen is totally self-absorbed and definite about what she wants. One should have something sensational to read in the train.
Religion satirized Canon Chasuble is the symbol of religious thought, and Wilde uses him to show how little the Victorians concerned themselves with attitudes reflecting religious faith.
Chasuble can rechristen, marry, bury, and encourage at a moment's notice with interchangeable sermons filled with meaningless platitudes.
Religion satirized Lady Bracknell mentions that christenings are a waste of time and, especially, money. Chasuble's pious exterior betrays a racing pulse for Miss Prism: Wilde's satire here is gentle and humorous, chiding a society for its self-importance. As the good reverend says, "I fear that hardly points to any very serious state of mind at the last. Popular Culture Literary criticism is for "people who haven't been at a University. They do it so well in the daily papers.
Wilde criticizes the Victorians for believing that appearance is much more important than truth. I was in my 20s and doing character parts. Higgins, and he was Prof. We started off a long time ago, so it's a pleasure to be back with Paxton. Chasuble's a small part, but I love the lines, and I love the comedy.
His entire goal is to enjoy himself. That's not only been a great life-lesson for me, it's been a real pleasure to play. It's rare that I get to play characters who are not more internally conflicted, so it has been a great thing to be a light one.
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First of all, everyone knows it. If you read it just like it's on the page, it will be entertaining — but you won't believe people are actually talking. And that's a challenge — to try to make it like someone just talking and living in the moment. That's what Oscar really did. Yeah, he wrote this great script, but he also put people in great situations, and what audiences are coming to see is us behaving in them, living in them, and that's what's really tricky with this play because you can get by without doing it because it's really funny.
And acting with him is great fun. His character is very disapproving of my character so, when we were acting together in the beginning, it was very strange. You wonder if it's the actor or the director who's disapproving. She's in her own world. It's a perfect name.
It seems that she's married to Brian Aaron, a schoolteacher, and this "causes a little bit of a problem sometimes with Brian Bedford, who insists on being referred to as Brian No. I'm working on Broadway! He's a piece of theatre history, so, to get to wear such spectacular clothes — it's a Victorian picture book. That show was 's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, and "I have so many stories about that," says the year-old designer. We were a tax loss for David Merricky'know.
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? This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade I call it a spade.
It is obvious that our social spheres have been widely different. He carries a salver, table cloth, and plate stand. Cecily is about to retort.
The presence of the servants exercises a restraining influence, under which both girls chafe. Shall I lay tea here as usual, Miss? Cecily and Gwendolen glare at each other. Are there many interesting walks in the vicinity, Miss Cardew? From the top of one of the hills quite close one can see five counties.
So glad you like it, Miss Fairfax. I had no idea there were any flowers in the country. Oh, flowers are as common here, Miss Fairfax, as people are in London. Personally I cannot understand how anybody manages to exist in the country, if anybody who is anybody does.
The country always bores me to death. This is what the newspapers call agricultural depression, is it not? I believe the aristocracy are suffering very much from it just at present. It is almost an epidemic amongst them, I have been told. May I offer you some tea, Miss Fairfax?
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But I require tea! Sugar is not fashionable any more. Cake is rarely seen at the best houses nowadays. Gwendolen drinks the tea and makes a grimace. Puts down cup at once, reaches out her hand to the bread and butter, looks at it, and finds it is cake. You have filled my tea with lumps of sugar, and though I asked most distinctly for bread and butter, you have given me cake.
I am known for the gentleness of my disposition, and the extraordinary sweetness of my nature, but I warn you, Miss Cardew, you may go too far. From the moment I saw you I distrusted you.
I felt that you were false and deceitful. I am never deceived in such matters. My first impressions of people are invariably right. It seems to me, Miss Fairfax, that I am trespassing on your valuable time.
No doubt you have many other calls of a similar character to make in the neighbourhood. May I ask if you are engaged to be married to this young lady? What could have put such an idea into your pretty little head? The gentleman whose arm is at present round your waist is my guardian, Mr. I beg your pardon? This is Uncle Jack. May I ask you—are you engaged to be married to this young lady? I felt there was some slight error, Miss Cardew.
The gentleman who is now embracing you is my cousin, Mr. Are you called Algernon? I cannot deny it. Is your name really John? I could deny anything if I liked.