The Importance of Being Earnest

by: Oscar Wilde

Act III, Part One

1

CECILY. They have been eating muffins. That looks like repentance.

2

GWENDOLEN. True. In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.

3

LADY BRACKNELL [with a shiver, crossing to the sofa and sitting down]. I do not know whether there is anything peculiarly exciting in the air of this particular part of Hertfordshire, but the number of engagements that go on seems to me considerably above the proper average that statistics have laid down for our guidance.

4

JACK. Then a passionate celibacy is all that any of us can look forward to.