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The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Algernon Moncrieff Timeline and Summary
Algernon plays the piano badly. Algernon discusses the merits of wine and marriage with Lane. Jack-as-Ernest visits Algernon. Algernon discovers Jack’s secret identity and reveals Bunbury. Algernon eats all of Lady Bracknell’s cucumber sandwiches, and must make excuses to his aunt. Algernon distracts Lady Bracknell with his music arrangements to give Jack time to propose to Gwendolen. Algernon discovers Jack’s country address. Algernon goes "Bunburying" as Ernest to meet Cecily. Algernon-as-Ernest flirts with Cecily and gets invited to dinner. Jack discovers that the man sitting in his dining room is actually Algernon. Algernon-as-Ernest sends away the dog-cart to flirt more with Cecily. Algernon-as-Ernest discovers Cecily’s diary and their engagement. He leaves to find out about getting christened. Algernon comes back to find the girls fighting over Ernest. The truth comes out, and the girls run into the house for refuge. Algernon and Jack fight over muffins after being stood up by the girls. Algernon lies to Lady Bracknell that Bunbury has died. Algernon watches gleefully while Aunt Augusta pronounces Cecily a worthy bride for him. Algernon is introduced to everyone as Jack’s "unfortunate brother" (III.154). Algernon hugs Cecily joyfully, knowing they can finally be married.