But her mother is not happy. The Importance of Being Earnest, Part 2: But can Jack win the heart of the woman he really loves?
In Hertfordshire, Jack has responsibilities: For years, he has also pretended to have an irresponsible black-sheep brother named Ernest who leads a scandalous life in pursuit of pleasure and is always getting into trouble of a sort that requires Jack to rush grimly off to his assistance.
No one but Jack knows that he himself is Ernest. Ernest is the name Jack goes by in London, which is where he really goes on these occasions—probably to pursue the very sort of behavior he pretends to disapprove of in his imaginary brother.
Jack is in love with Gwendolen Fairfax, the cousin of his best friend, Algernon Moncrieff. At the beginning of Act I, Jack drops in unexpectedly on Algernon and announces that he intends to propose to Gwendolen. Jack also tells Algernon about his fictional brother. Gwendolen and her mother, Lady Bracknell, arrive, which gives Jack an opportunity to propose to Gwendolen.
Lady Bracknell interviews Jack to determine his eligibility as a possible son-in-law, and during this interview she asks about his family background. When Jack explains that he has no idea who his parents were and that he was found, by the man who adopted him, in a handbag in the cloakroom at Victoria Station, Lady Bracknell is scandalized.
She forbids the match between Jack and Gwendolen and sweeps out of the house. Meanwhile, Jack, having decided that Ernest has outlived his usefulness, arrives home in deep mourning, full of a story about Ernest having died suddenly in Paris.
He is enraged to find Algernon there masquerading as Ernest but has to go along with the charade. While Jack changes out of his mourning clothes, Algernon, who has fallen hopelessly in love with Cecily, asks her to marry him. Chasuble, the local rector, to see about getting himself christened Ernest.
Meanwhile, Gwendolen arrives, having decided to pay Jack an unexpected visit. Gwendolen is shown into the garden, where Cecily orders tea and attempts to play hostess. Gwendolen points out that this is impossible as she herself is engaged to Ernest Worthing.
The tea party degenerates into a war of manners. Jack and Algernon arrive toward the climax of this confrontation, each having separately made arrangements with Dr.
Chasuble to be christened Ernest later that day. Each of the young ladies points out that the other has been deceived: Jack is forced to admit that he has no brother and that Ernest is a complete fiction.
Both women are shocked and furious, and they retire to the house arm in arm. When Jack and Algernon enter from the garden, the two women confront them.Further Study.
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ACT I Algernon Moncrieff's Flat in Half-Moon Street. Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The Importance of Being Earnest by the master of comedy Oscar Wilde, makes a welcome return to Guildford society in this wonderfully witty, deliciously decadent and classic revival from The Original Theatre Company..
Jack wishes to marry Algernon’s cousin the beautiful Gwendolen but first he must convince her mother, the fearsome Lady Bracknell, of the respectability of his parents and his past. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes, the SparkNotes The Importance of Being Earnest Study Guide has everything you need to ace quizzes, tests, and essays.