Oscar Wilde's madcap farce about mistaken identities, secret engagements, and lovers' entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its 1895 publication and premiere performance. The rapid-fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades.
Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor. Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack's ward, Cecily. When all four arrive at Jack's country home on the same weekend—the "rivals" to fight for Ernest's undivided attention and the "Ernests" to claim their beloveds—pandemonium breaks loose.
Only a senile nursemaid and an old, discarded hand-bag can save the day!
This little gem is hilarious. I never knew something written over 100 years ago could make me laugh so hard! It is full of amazing one-liners and witty banter. I found at least one quote on every page that I wanted to share. Plus, it is a very quick read. Something fun and easy to brighten your day.
Because there isn't much else to say about this other than READ IT, I am going to share just a few of my favorite quotes.
“All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man does, and that is his.”
“If I am occasionally a little over-dressed, I make up for it by being always immensely over-eduacated.”
“To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up.”
“To be born, or at any rate bred, in a hand-bag, whether it had handles or not, seems to me to display a contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life that reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.”
“Now produce your explanation and pray make it improbable.”
I will stop there. Really, just go read it. It's worth it.
5 out of 5 stars
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