Use Oscar Wilde's play, The Importance of being Ernest to predict the lives of the two main couples in 15 years. Use textual evidence to support your claim.

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Algernon will return to his bachelor-like ways and bunbury again behind Cecily's back. In Act I, he admits to making up an excuse to see a sick friend named Bunbury just so he can get out of town and do what he likes once in awhile. He reveals this to Jack by saying, "I have Bunburyed all over Shropshire on two separate occasions. Now, go on. Why are you Ernest in town and Jack in the country?" (enotes etext pg. 12). He's happy to find out that Jack does the same thing. But the reason that Jack won't revert back to bunburying is because he used his fake brother to get away from responsibility to go see Gwendolyn. Once they're married, he has no reason to leave his home or her because he will have both at the same time.  However, Algy fell in love with Cecily too quickly and he had anti-marital views before meeting her. Algy says to Jack, "If ever I get married, I'll certainly try to forget the fact" (8). Algy will get bored and wander out to bunbury again, but Jack will remain true to the marriage simply because of how they felt about marriage before getting engaged.

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