Friday, 27 May 2016


Nothing will induce me to part with Bunbury, and if you ever get married, which seems to me extremely problematic, you will be very glad to know Bunbury. A man who marries without knowing Bunbury has a very tedious time of it. 

Nothing will induce .......... tedious time of it.

(i) Drama: The Importance of Being Earnest
(ii) Dramatist: Oscar Wilde
(i) Occurrence: Act 1, Part I
(ii) Content: Jack and Algernon are wealthy gentlemen. Jack lives in the country and Algernon dwells in London. Algernon visits Jack's house and introduces to Jack's young ward Cecily as Ernest, the assumed named of Jack. Shortly after, Jack arrives home announcing Ernest's death. Cecily and Gwendolen have a genteel stand-off over which of that has a prior claim on "Ernest". Jack and Algernon vie to be christened Ernest. Eventually, Jack discovers that his parents were Lady Bracknell's sister and brother-in-law and that he is Algernon's older brother, called Ernest. Algernon/Cecily, Jack/Gwendolen and Chasuble/Prism fall into each other's arms as Jack realizes the importance of being earnest. 
     In these lines Algernon tells the importance of Bunbury in a married life. Algernon speaks these lines in reply to Jack's announcement that he plans to assassinate his imaginary brother Ernest and his suggestion that Algernon do the same with Bunbury. Algernon refuses to part with Bunbury at any cost. He thinks that Bunbury is an excuse for a person to get out of his responsibilities. He says to Jack that "in married life there is a company and two is none". If Jack ever gets married, he will be glad to know Bunbury because Bunbury is a very useful tool for a husband or wife for "married bliss". It also suggests that couples are not faithful to each other after matrimony. Thus absence of Bunbury in the lives of married couples makes their lives "a very tedious time". In short, these lines suggest that husbands and wives in Victorian society were hypocrites as they led double lives.

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