Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Reader's Diary #1068- Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
Since then, and since starting this blog, I've tried to reconnect with Wilde on a few occasions. This didn't work. This didn't work. Even this didn't work. But perhaps I should have gone here first, to what is arguably Wilde's most famous work. The whole play is filled with wit, satire, silliness and tells a story of two men who live double lives. This play is Oscar Wilde.
I wouldn't go in expecting particularly likeable characters, but for plays on words, subtle digs, paradoxes, puns, irony, not-so-subtle digs and for a pure love of words, it's bliss.
"It is very vulgar to talk like a dentist when one isn't a dentist. It produces false impression”
"Well, I can't eat muffins in an agitated manner. The butter would probably get on my cuffs. One should always eat muffins quite calmly. It is the only way to eat them."
"If it was my business, I wouldn't talk about it. It is very vulgar to talk about one's business. Only people like stockbroker's do that, and then merely at dinner parties.”