Complete Works, Volume 2

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National Library Company, 1908
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Page 9 - ALGERNON. Well, my dear fellow, you need not eat as if you were going to eat it all. You behave as if you were married to her already.
Page 7 - ALGERNON. My dear fellow, the way you flirt with Gwendolen is perfectly disgraceful. It is almost as bad as the way Gwendolen flirts with you. JACK. I am in love with Gwendolen. I have come up to town expressly to propose to her. ALGERNON. I thought you had come up for pleasure? . . . I call that business.
Page 2 - 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. LANE: Yes, sir; eight bottles and a pint. ALGERNON: Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne?
Page 24 - LADY BRACKNELL. Good afternoon, dear Algernon, I hope you are behaving very well. ALGERNON. I'm feeling very well, Aunt Augusta. LADY BRACKNELL. That's not quite the same thing. In fact the two things rarely go together. Sees JACK and bows to him with icy coldness. ALGERNON, to GWENDOLEN. Dear me, you are smart!
Page 87 - My sermon on the meaning of the manna in the wilderness can be adapted to almost any occasion, joyful, or, as in the present case, distressing.
Page 49 - ALGERNON. Didn't it go off all right, old boy? You don't mean to say Gwendolen refused you? I know it is a way she has. She is always refusing people. I think it is most ill-natured of her. JACK. Oh, Gwendolen is as right as a trivet. As far as she is concerned, we are engaged. Her mother is perfectly unbearable. Never met such a Gorgon ... I don't really know what a Gorgon is like, but I am quite sure that Lady Bracknell is one.
Page 55 - Have you told Gwendolen yet that you have an excessively pretty ward who is only just eighteen? JACK. Oh! one doesn't blurt these things out to people. Cecily and Gwendolen are perfectly certain to be extremely great friends. I'll bet you anything you like that half an hour after they have met, they will be calling each other sister. ALGERNON. Women only do that when they have called each other a lot of other things first.
Page 42 - ... ignorance. Ignorance is like a delicate exotic fruit ; touch it and the bloom is gone. The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound. Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever. If it did, it would prove a serious danger to the upper classes, and ACT i. probably lead to acts of violence in Grosvenor Square. What is your income ? JACK Between seven and eight thousand a year.
Page 5 - When one is in town one amuses oneself. When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.
Page 3 - Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information. LANE: I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.

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