Saturday, 4 June 2016


Your vanity is ridiculous, your conduct an outrage, and your presence in my garden utterly absurd. However, you have got to catch the four-five, and I hope you will have a pleasant journey back to town.

Your vanity is .......... journey back to town.

(i) Drama: The Importance of Being Earnest
(ii) Dramatist: Oscar Wilde
(i) Occurrence: Act 2
(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. 
     These lines describe Jack's hypocritical judgment of Algernon. Jack snubs Algernon's vanity as absurd. He wants to say that Algernon's excessive pride in his own appearance invites derision for others. He says so because Algernon always claims to be "over dressed" and "immensely over-educated". He also spurns Algernon's behaviour disdainfully. He calls his behaviour an extremely strong reaction of anger, shock and indignation. Moreover, he is not happy at all to have Algernon in his "garden". He wants to get rid of him as soon as possible. When Algernon says that he is going to stay for a whole week as Jack's guest, Jack replies, "You are certainly not staying with me for a whole week as a guest or anything else. You have got to leave by the four-five train." He ironically says that Algernon will have an enjoyable journey back to his town. In short, these lines express Jack's disdain and contempt for the decorative bachelor, Algernon.

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