When The Importance of Being Earnest begins, Jack, known as Earnest by his friend, Algernon, plans to propose to Algernon’s cousin Gwendolen. Before Gwendolen and her mother arrive, Algernon suspects something is amiss when he finds an inscription inside Jack’s cigarette case to an “Uncle Jack” from someone who calls herself “little Cecily”. Upon learning about Jack’s non-existent brother Earnest, Algernon pretends to be Earnest to meet Jack’s ward Cecily. So, there are two girls engaged to a man named Earnest, but no real Earnest. That is a problem.
I found this book quite humourous and I was rolling my eyes a lot. It is a short play, not more than a 20 minute read. I read it on the bus after school, and it brightened up my whole day. Wilde does a really good job playing with words in The Importance of Being Earnest, especially the last line. It took a little getting used to, as the book is in play format, but as soon as I did, I was completely into the story.