Oscar Wilde

The Importance of Being Earnest

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Once again I am re-reading some of Oscar Wilde’s plays. I am nearly finished and I enjoy how he turns a phrase with such wit. I should take the time to read more about his times, the society he observed but I suspect that beneath the silliness he was commenting on his times; the harshness of absolutes, forgiveness, all while taking a swipe at snobbery.

Lady Windermere’s Fan, An Ideal Husband, A Woman of No Importance are all plays overshadowed by his more famous The Importance of Being Earnest but I certainly enjoyed reading them and recommend them.

There are so many examples I could share that I will have to quickly pick just one to share:

From A Woman of No Importance:

Lady Hunstanton (LH): …. I think on the whole that the secret of life is to take things very, very easily.

Mrs Mallonby (MM): The secret of life is never to have an emotion that is unbecoming.

Lady Stutfield(LS): The secret of life is to appreciate the pleasure of being terribly, terribly deceived.

Kelvil: The secret of life is to resist temptation, Lady Stutfield.

Lord Illingworth: There is no secret of life. Life’s aim, if it has one, is simply to be always looking for temptations. There are not nearly enough. I sometimes pass a whole day without coming across a single one. It is quite dreadful,. It makes one so nervous about the future.


About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and say thank you for their encouragement and suggestions.
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