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The Importance of Being Earnest (Act 1)

Automatically from the title the audience knows that this play contains some humor of some sort.

Algernon.  How are you, my dear Ernest?  What brings you up to town?

Jack.  Oh, pleasure, pleasure!  What else should bring one anywhere?  Eating as usual, I see, Algy!

Algernon.  [Stiffly.]  I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o’clock.  Where have you been since last Thursday?

Jack.  [Sitting down on the sofa.]  In the country.

Algernon.  What on earth do you do there?

This passage draws out the satirical interactions between the characters in the play. This would be important to discuss during class because it is not a type of play that you see often.

Source: The Importance of Being Earnest (Act 1)

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