The Importance of Being Earnest Questions and Answers
by Oscar Wilde

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What experiences would you include about a certain character if you were writing a Memoir (past memorys) for them?   So basically, what sort of significant events would you write about which might have happened in their past; which suit the characters journey through the play of The Importance Of Being Earnest. the characters include: Jack, Algernon, Gwendolen, Cecily, Lady Bracknell (and Lord Bracknell), Miss Prism, Rev Chasuable, Merriman, Lane thanks for any ideas! :)

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Miss Prism is, ironically, the one character in the Importance of Being Earnest who gives us a window into a very colorful and somewhat controversial past.

Her first instance in a memoir would be the loss of Jack:

We know that she was the person who "lost" Jack inside a handbag in Victoria Station *the Brighton line* because she had just written a three volume novel. But- she made an insane mistake-

She took the manuscript and placed it in the baby stroller while putting the baby in her handbag- One has to wonder: What sort of woman is really Prism inside her outwardly righteous and prudish image?

Another memoir in her life would be that one novel she wrote: What was it about? What inspired her to write it? Was it ever found? Would she had publish it?

She also can write about her courtship with Dr. Chausible, and her secret crush on him. How she finally ended up with him after the whole ordeal with Earnest was cleared out, and how she finally cleared herself with Lady Bracknell of the whereabouts of the baby (who was Jack, in the end).

Personally, I would love to be able to write Algernon's Bunburying memoirs, but we do not get this information from the play- Prism (as her name implies) is the most multifacetic character in the play.

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