The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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How would you describe Gwendolen and Cecily's initial relationship in The Importance of Being Earnest? What causes this to change?

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When they first meet, Gwendolen and Cecily get on very well together. Gwendolen immediately announces her certainty that they are "going to be great friends" and Cecily replies:

How nice of you to like me so much after we have known each other such a comparatively short time.

They continue in this amicable vein until it emerges that they are both engaged to marry Ernest Worthing. It is at this point that they become rivals and...

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