The Importance Of Being Earnest

  • FIRST ACT: SCENE 1

  • Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street.

  • Narrator

    The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished.

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  • The sound of a piano is heard in the adjoining room.

  • Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.

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    Algernon

    Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?

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    Lane

    I didn't think it polite to listen, sir.

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    Algernon

    I'm sorry for that, for your sake.

  • I don't play accurately--any one can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression.

  • As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.

  • I keep science for Life.

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    Lane

    Yes, sir.

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    Algernon

    And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?

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    Lane

    Yes, sir.

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    Lane hands the cucumber sandwiches to Algernon on a salver.

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  • Algernon inspects them, takes two, and sits down on the sofa.

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    Algernon

    Oh!...by the way, Lane, I see from your book that on Thursday night, when Lord Shoreman and Mr. Worthing were dining with me, eight bottles of champagne are entered as having been consumed.

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    Lane

    Yes, sir; eight bottles and a pint.

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    Algernon

    Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne?

  • I ask merely for information.