The Importance of Being Earnest

by Oscar Wilde (1899)

Act 3

Lady Bracknell - Female, Over 50 yrs

Scene partner - Cecily and Algernon

Monologue - Comedic, Under 1:00 min

Lady Bracknell:

No, the side view is what I want. (Cecily presents her profile.) Yes, quite as I expected. There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present. Algernon!

[Algernon: Yes, Aunt Augusta!]

There are distinct social possibilities in Miss Cardew’s profile.

[Algernon: Cecily is the sweetest, dearest, prettiest girl in the whole world. And I don’t care twopence about social possibilities.]

[Never speak disrespectfully of Society, Algernon. Only people who can’t get into it do that.] (To Cecily) Dear child, of course you know that Algernon has nothing but his debts to depend upon. But I do not approve of mercenary marriages. When I married Lord Bracknell I had no fortune of any kind. But I never dreamed for a moment of allowing that to stand in my way. Well, I suppose I must give my consent.

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