The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

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The Importance of Being Earnest "A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those that are worth committing."   How does this quotation relate to "The Importance of Being Earnest"?

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This quote seems like something Algernon would say.  He is the most witty of the characters in the play, and has a fun, yet devilish side to his personality.  He likes to keep things interesting by being a "bad boy" and by getting away from all his responsibilities with, what he calls, Bunburying.  Bunbury is his imaginary friend -- a very...

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