Everything you need to understand or teach The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.
The play opens in the fashionable London residence of Algernon Moncrieff. His friend Jack (who goes by the name '"Earnest") Worthing arrives, revealing his intention to propose matrimony to Algernon's cousin Gwendolen Fairfax. In the course of their conversation. Jack admits that he is the ward to a young woman, Cecily Cardew. Also, he admits to leading a double life, stating that his "name is Earnest in town and Jack in the country." In the country, he pretends to have a brother in London named Earnest whose wicked ways necessitate frequent trips to the city to rescue him.
Algernon's aunt Lady Augusta Bracknell arrives with his cousin Gwendolen Fairfax. While Algernon and his aunt discuss the music for her next party. Jack—claiming his name is Earnest—confesses his love for Gwendolen and proposes marriage. She is delighted, because her "ideal has always been to love someone of the name Earnest."... View more of the The Importance of Being Earnest Summary
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