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September 11, 2005

Significant line?

Algernon. My dear boy, I love hearing my relations abused. It is the only thing that makes me put up with them at all. Relations are simply a tedious pack of people, who havenít got the remotest knowledge of how to live, nor the smallest instinct about when to die.

The end of this line strikes me because of how Algernon is always frustrated by his obligation to his family and how he uses a fake acquaintance to get away from them. Also, Jack uses a fake relation in a similar way. And because both Bunbury and Ernest are made up characters, both Algernon and Jack can do with them what they can't with real people. For instance, Algernon can make Bunbury "die" whenever he deems appropriate, which he wishes he could do with his real relatives.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at September 11, 2005 11:52 PM


Good point. Fake relatives are easy to control.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 12, 2005 11:28 PM

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