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3

ALG Why is it that at a bachelorís 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.

ALG Good Heavens! Is marriage so demoralising as that? LANE I
believe it is a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little
experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married
once.

That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself
and a young person.

ALG

[Languidly.]
I donít know that I am much interested in your family life, Lane.
LANE No, sir; it is not a very interesting subject. I never think of it
myself.

ALG Very natural, I am sure. That will do, Lane, thank you.
LANE Thank you, sir.

[Lane goes out.]
ALG Laneís views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if the
lower orders donít set us a good example, what on earth is the use
of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of
moral responsibility.

[Enter Lane.]
LANE Mr. Ernest Worthing.
[Enter Jack.]

[Lane goes out.]
ALG How are you, my dear Ernest? What brings you up to town?
JACK Oh, pleasure, pleasure! What else should bring one
anywhere? Eating as usual, I see, Algy!

ALG

[Stiffly.]

I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight
refreshment at five oíclock. Where have you been since last
Thursday? JACK

[Sitting down on the sofa.]
In the country.

ALG What on earth do you do there? JACK
[Pulling off his gloves.]
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