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THE PERSONS OF THE PLAY

JOHN WORTHING, J.P.

ALGERNON MONCRIEFF

REV. CANON CHASUBLE, D.D.
MERRIMAN, BUTLER
LANE, MANSERVANT
LADY BRACKNELL
HON. GWENDOLEN FAIRFAX
CECILY CARDEW
MISS PRISM, GOVERNESS
THE SCENES OF THE PLAY
ACT. I, Algernon Moncrieffís Flat in Half-Moon Street, W.
ACT. II, The Garden the at the Manor House, Woolton.
ACT III, Morning-room at the Manor House, Woolton.
Time, The Present.

FIRST ACT

SCENE-Morning-room in Algernonís flat in Half-Moon Street. The
room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. 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.]

ALG Did you hear what I was playing, Lane? LANE I didnít think
it polite to listen, sir.

ALG Iím sorry for that, for your sake. I donít play accurately-
anyone 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.

LANE Yes, sir.

ALG And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the
cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell? LANE Yes, sir.

[Hands them on a salver.]
ALG
[Inspects them, takes two, and sits down on the sofa.]
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.
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