The Importance of Being Earnest

Ernest, we may never be married. From t

Gwendolen Fairfax

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Age Range
Act 1
Time & Place
England, 1890s
Time Period
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Monologue Context

Despite her mother's refusal to accept her relationship with Jack (Ernest) Worthing,

Monologue Text

Ernest, we may never be married. From the expression on mamma’s face I fear we never shall. Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out. Whatever influence I ever had over mamma, I lost at the age of three. But although she may prevent us from becoming man and wife, and I may marry some one else, and marry often, nothing that she can possibly do can alter my eternal devotion to you.[...] The story of your romantic origin, as related to me by mamma, with unpleasing comments, has naturally stirred the deeper fibres of my nature. Your Christian name has an irresistible fascination. The simplicity of your character makes you exquisitely incomprehensible to me. Your town address at the Albany I have. What is your address in the country?

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