The Importance of Being Earnest

By Oscar Wilde

Summary

This fast-placed satire tells the story of two confirmed Buburyists, Jack and Algernon, who come to realize they now wish to settle down with the women of their dreams, Gwendolyn and Cecily, respectively. However, both men have lied about who they really are to the women. Will the girls take them back or will the men have to live with the consequences of their actions?

Characters

Jack Worthing: He has responsibly raised his ward, Cecily Cardew, for his entire adult life, so what if he wants to have a little fun? However, when he meets the love of his life, will his reckless behavior catch up with him?

Gwendolyn Fairfax: A rebelous woman of the modern world, Gwendolyn wants to shock society by marrying the man she loves; what a bonus that he happens to have her favorite name Ernest! Or does he?

Algernon Moncreiff: Jack's friend who visits him in the country under an assumed name. A reckless cynic who loves nothing better than making trouble, that is, until he meets Cecily. Will she love him in return once she finds out who he really is?

Cecily Cardew: A young woman who is desperately waiting for a knight to come and sweep her away into an eternity of bliss. Will she discover there is no such thing?

What's in a name anyway?!?