Welcome to the The Importance of Being Earnest read-a-long! We’re reading this book through August. You can see the reading schedule and guidelines on the Starting Post Page.
Week Two: Read Act Three
I just can’t get over how clever Oscar Wilde was. Really funny and very clever. I would have liked to have known him (or at the very least, have been near him at some event). He may have made me a bit nervous with his intelligence and wit (hard to keep up), but oh how I would have tried!
Bleak House readers… notice how Algy claimed that Bunbury exploded (as in that’s how he died)? Ah, for the days when people could just explode.
Although I already knew what happened (from seeing the play), I do love how it was all tied in. Algy and Jack being brothers. Jack having the register of Army Lists and actually being named Ernest. If a worse writer had created this play, it all could have seemed too neatly wrapped up – but Wilde managed to make it fun and interesting rather than trite. Do you agree?
All of my favorite quotes from this week seem to be from Lady Bracknell (am just noticing this now):
“Yes, quite as I expected. There are distinct social possibilities in you profile… Style largely depends on the way the chin is worn. They are worn very high, just at present.”
“To speak frankly, I am not in favour of long engagements. They give people the opportunity of finding out each other’s character before marriage, which I think is never advisable.”
“Thirty-five is a very attractive age. London is full of women of the very highest birth who have, of their own free choice, remained thirty-five for years.”
Who’s Reading Along:
** Please don’t forget to come to this blog each Friday and share your thoughts in the comments section of the weekly The Importance of Being Earnest discussion (see below for more information).**
Ian Cann (@thebeercolonel)
Meg @ A Bookish Affair
Patty@a tale of three cities
Walkie Talkie Book Club
- If you are participating and I don’t have you on this list, please let me know in the comments section. I did not include people who said ‘maybe’ so if you have changed your mind and are definitely reading along with us, let me know so I can add you. Also, if you are not going to be able to join us anymore please let me know and I will take you off the list.
- Comments from the previous week’s reading will be closing Thursday afternoon (before the next discussion takes place on Friday). If you would like to be part of the discussion, please remember to comment before then.
- Each week, on Friday, share your thoughts about the previous week’s reading. If you are stuck on what to comment about, you can respond to my post or others’ comments. Regardless, you MUST check in each week (two weeks without a response and you will be taken off of the list — see below for details on why). You may have only one “off week” (which may not be the last week of reading for obvious reasons) and still be kept on the list, but you must let me know in the comment section by saying something like, “I’m catching up,” or “I’m still reading.” ***for all week’s discussions please refrain from posting ahead, even if you have read ahead, as to not spoil the book for others***
- If you are a blogger you may post a link to your blog if you are posting about each of the each week’s reading. If I, or other readers, have extra time we will gladly try to visit your blog; however, you must make sure to share your thoughts here on this blog, and be part of the main conversation or your comment will not be counted.
- If you go for two weeks without commenting in my weekly update comments section, I will assume you are no longer participating and will take you off of the list (*NEW GUIDELINE*, in order to get back onthe list, you need to a.) Have missed no more than two weeks of discussion, b.) Let me know you would like to be on the list again, and c.) consistently be part of the discussion for the next two weeks after requesting to be put back on the list.). This is in no way to be discouraging, but helps to keep the read-a-long organized (and helps me remember who’s completed what read-a-long…there (ahem) might be something fun for different levels of participants at the end of the year! Thanks!