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September 11, 2005

Word Play

Lady Bracknell. To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.

This is one of my favorite lines of the play because of the different connotations of the verb to lose. I know this is very obvious to everyone else, but I thought I would mention it anyway because I think the word play is what makes this play so great.

Posted by LorinSchumacher at September 11, 2005 11:22 PM


Remember Algenon's comments about the moral purpose of the lower classes? Wilde has similarly inverted the parent/child relationship, as Lady Bracknell blames the child for being "lost."

How's your voice these days? Have you "found" it yet?

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at September 11, 2005 11:40 PM

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