The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde (1899)

Act 2

Cecily - Female, Under 25 yrs

Scene partner - Algernon

Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min


You silly boy! Of course. Why, we have been engaged for the last three months.

[Algernon: For the last three months?]

Yes, it will be exactly three months on Thursday.

[Algernon: But how did we become engaged?]

Well, ever since dear Uncle Jack first confessed to us that he had a younger brother who was very wicked and bad, you of course have formed the chief topic of conversation between myself and Miss Prism. And of course a man who is much talked about is always very attractive. One feels there must be something in him, after all. I daresay it was foolish of me, but I fell in love with you, Ernest.

[Algernon: Darling! And when was the engagement actually settled?]

On the 14th of February last. Worn out by your entire ignorance of my existence, I determined to end the matter one way or the other, and after a long struggle with myself I accepted you under this dear old tree here.

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