Often when examining The Importance of Being Earnest, only Jack’s and Algernon’s honest and “earnest” behavior is being questioned. However, Cecily also shows a two-faced persona towards Algernon. In fact, it is her ability to have “fake, girlish innocence” while still maintaining wit that causes Algernon to become exposed. She sees through him and tells him, “I hope you have not been leading a double life, pre-tending to be wicked and being really good all the time. That would be hypocrisy.” The irony of her relationship with Algernon is that Algernon’s journey to become more honest begins when he interacts with a fabricated fickle woman.
Source: Wilde as Parodist