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The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Cecily Cardew Timeline and Summary
Cecily waters the roses. Cecily discovers that Miss Prism wrote a three-volume novel. Cecily lies that Miss Prism has a headache to get out of doing her German lesson. As a result, Miss Prism and Dr. Chasuble (who are crushing on each other) go on a walk together. Cecily meets Ernest, who is really Algernon in disguise. Cecily flirts with Ernest and promises to reform him. Cecily invites Ernest in for dinner. Cecily reconciles Uncle Jack with "Ernest." Cecily comes back out to water the roses and ends up spending more quality time with Ernest. Cecily reveals her and Ernest’s love letters and engagement, which she has recorded in her diary for the past few months. Cecily reveals how much she loves the name Ernest. Cecily meets Gwendolen. Cecily and Gwendolen insult each other over tea once they’ve learned that they’re both engaged to Ernest Worthing. Cecily and Gwendolen learn the truth from the boys—that there is no Ernest. Cecily and Gwendolen retire into the house to fume at the boys. Cecily and Gwendolen forgive the boys once they learn why they lied. Cecily is pronounced a worthy fiancée for Algernon by Lady Bracknell. Cecily and Algernon hug joyously, knowing they can finally get married.