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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.