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The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest


by Oscar Wilde

Gwendolen Fairfax Timeline and Summary

  • Gwendolen and her mother, Lady Bracknell, visit Algernon.
  • Gwendolen stays behind with Jack-as-Ernest while Lady Bracknell goes off with Algernon.
  • Gwendolen rhapsodizes on how much she loves the name "Ernest."
  • Jack-as-Ernest proposes to Gwendolen. She accepts.
  • Gwendolen is sent down to the carriage while her mother interviews Jack-as-Ernest.
  • Gwendolen comes back and declares her undying love for Ernest.
  • Gwendolen gets Jack's country address.
  • Gwendolen runs away from home to the Manor House.
  • Gwendolen meets Cecily. She examines her and wishes Cecily were older.
  • When they learn they’re both engaged to "Ernest," Gwendolen and Cecily insult each other over tea.
  • Jack and Algernon arrive at the scene and the truth of their identities is revealed to the girls.
  • Gwendolen and Cecily retreat to the house.
  • Gwendolen and Cecily forgive the boys after they learn why they lied.
  • Gwendolen flies into Jack’s arms after discovering his real name is indeed Ernest.