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The Importance of Being Earnest
by Oscar Wilde
Miss Laetitia Prism Timeline and Summary
Miss Prism calls Cecily to her German lesson. Miss Prism reveals that she wrote a three-volume novel in her youth. Miss Prism is convinced by Cecily to go on a walk with Dr. Chasuble. On their walk, Miss Prism tries to convince Dr. Chasuble that marriage is good—even for a clergyman vowed to celibacy. It’s obvious they’re in love. Jack returns early to announce the death of his brother, Ernest. Miss Prism and Dr. Chasuble grieve and give their condolences to Jack. Miss Prism praises Cecily for reconciling Jack and Ernest. Tired of waiting for Dr. Chasuble in the church vestry, Miss Prism comes to the Manor House, only to find an old nemesis—Lady Bracknell—waiting for her. Miss Prism shamefacedly admits to her crime of neglecting the Moncrieffs’ child in his perambulator so many years ago. When Jack brings down his handbag, Miss Prism affirms that it is hers. Miss Prism indignantly denies that she is Jack’s mother and points him to Lady Bracknell to find out who is really is. Miss Prism flies into Dr. Chasuble’s arms. They’re going to get married.