Basics

Show Type
Genders
  • : 2
  • : 0
Age Ranges
  • Young Adult
  • Adult
  • Late Teen
Style
Period
Time/Place
England, nineteenth-century
Act/Scene
Act 2

Scene Context

Gwendolen has arrived at John Worthing's house (who she believes is called Ernest).

Scene Text

Cecily. [Advancing to meet her.] Pray let me introduce myself to you. My name is Cecily Cardew.

Gwendolen. Cecily Cardew? [Moving to her and shaking hands.] What a very sweet name! Something tells me that we are going to be great friends. I like you already more than I can say. My first impressions of people are never wrong.

Cecily. How nice of you to like me so much after we have known each other such a comparatively short time. Pray sit down.

Gwendolen. [Still standing up.] I may call you Cecily, may I not?

Cecily. With pleasure!

Gwendolen. And you will always call me Gwendolen, won’t you?

Cecily. If you wish.

Gwendolen. Then that is all quite settled, is it not?

Cecily. I hope so. [A pause. They both sit down together.]

Gwendolen. Perhaps this might be a favourable

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