From 11:00PM PDT on Friday, July 1 until 5:00AM PDT on Saturday, July 2, the Shmoop engineering elves will be making tweaks and improvements to the site. That means Shmoop will be unavailable for use during that time. Thanks for your patience!
We have changed our privacy policy. In addition, we use cookies on our website for various purposes. By continuing on our website, you consent to our use of cookies. You can learn about our practices by reading our privacy policy.
© 2016 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest

  

by Oscar Wilde

Merriman

Character Analysis

Merriman is the mirror-butler for Lane. Because everything in this play seems to be symmetrical, Merriman serves Jack in his country home. As with many butlers in Wilde’s plays, he’s useful for entering the scene just when a confrontation is about to escalate.

Advertisement