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Earnest Scene Lines
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Cecily Cardew? What a very sweet name! Something tells me that we are going to be great friends. I like you already more than I can say. My first impressions of people are never wrong.
How nice of you to like me so much after we have only known each other for such a comparatively short time. Pray sit down
I may call you Cecily, May I not?
And you will always call me gwendolen won't you?
If you wish
Then that is all quite settled, is it not?
I hope so!
You are here on a short visit, I suppose.
Oh no! I live here.
Really? Your mother, no doubt, or some female relative of advanced years, resides here also?
Oh no! I have no mother, nor, in fact, any relations.
My dear guardian, with the assistance of Miss Prism, has the arduous task of looking after me.
Yes, I am Mr. Worthing's ward.
Oh it is strange he never mentioned to me he had a ward....in fact, if I may speak candidly
Pray do! I think that whenever one has anything unpleasant to say one should always be quite candid.
"Well, to speak with perfect candour, I wish that you were fully forty-two, and more than usually plain for your age."...he is the very soul of truth and honor
I beg your pardon, Gwendolen did you say Ernest?
Oh but it is not Mr. Ernest Worthing who is my guardian. It is his brother, his elder brother.
Ernest never mentioned to me that he had a brother.
I am sorry to say they have not been on good terms for a long time.
Ah that accounts for it! ...you are quite sure it is not mr. Ernest that is your guArdian?
Quite sure. In fact, I am going to be his!
I beg your pardon?
Dearest Gwendolen, there is no reason why I should make a secret of it to you. Our little county newspaper is sure to chronicle the fact next week. Mr. Ernest Worthing and I are engaged to be married.
My darling Cecily, I think there must be some slight error. Mr Ernest Worthing is engaged to me. The announcement will appear in the Morning Post on Saturday at the latest.
I am afraid you must be under some misconception. Ernest proposed to be exactly ten minutes ago.
It is certainly very curious...I am afraid I have the prior claim
It would distress me more than I can tell you dear Gwendolyn, if it caused you any mental or physical anguish, but I feel bound to point out that since Ernest proposed to you he has clearly changed his mind
If the poor fellow has been entrapped into any foolish promise I shall consider it my duty to rescue him at once, and with a firm hand.
Whatever unfortunate entanglement my dear boy may have got into, I will never reproach him with it after we are married.
Do you allude to me, Miss Cardew, as an entanglement? You are presumptuous. On an occasion of this kind it becomes more than a moral duty to speak one's mind. It becomes a pleasure.
Do you suggest, Miss Fairfax, that I entrapped Ernest into an engagement? How dare you? This is no time for wearing the shallow mask of manners. When I see a spade, I call it a spade.
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