the character of jack and Algernon are developed through the use of drama,the similarities about them is that they are both educated and well off, the differences about them is that one of them is hard working in his endeavors and the other one is lazy.
1 Algernon. Bring me that cigarette case Mr. Worthing left in the smoking-room the last time her dined here.
2 Lane. Yes, sir [Lane goes out.]
3 Jack. Do you mean to say you have had my cigarette case all this time? I wish to goodness you had let me know. I have been writing frantic letters to Scotland Yard about it. I was very nearly offering a large reward.
4 Algernon. Well, I wish you would offer one. I happen to be more than usually hard up.
5 Jack. There is no good offering a large reward now that the thing is found.
6 [Enter Lane with the cigarette case on a slaver. Algernon takes it at once. Lane goes out.]
7 Algernon. I think that is rather mean of you, Ernest, I must say. [Opens case and examines it.] However, it makes no matter, for, now that I look at the inscription inside, I find that the thing isn’t yours after all.
8 Jack. Of course it’s mine. [Moving to him.] You have seen me with it a hundred times, and you have no right whatsoever to read what is written inside. It is a very ungentlemanly thing to read a private cigarette case.
9 Algernon. Oh! It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what shouldn’t. More than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn’t read.
10 Jack. I am quite aware of the fact, and I don’t propose to discuss modern culture. It isn’t the sort of thing one should talk of in private. I simply want my cigarette case back.
11 Algernon. Yes; but this isn’t your cigarette case. This cigarette case is a present from some one of the name of Cecily, and you said you didn’t know any one of that name.
12 Jack. Well, if you want to know, Cecily happens to be my aunt.
13 Algernon. Your aunt!
14 Jack. Yes. Charming old lady she is, too. Lives at turn bridge Wells. Just give it back to me, Algy.
15 Algernon. [Retreating of back of sofa.] But why does she call herself little Cecily if she is your aunt and lives at Tunbridge Wells? [Reading.] ’From little Cecily with her fondest love.’
16 Jack. [Moving to sofa and kneeling upon it.] My dear fellow, what on earth is there in that? Some aunts are tall, some aunts are not tall. That is a matter that surely an aunt may be allowed to decide for herself. You seem to think that every aunt should be exactly like your aunt! That is absurd! For heaven’s sake give me back my cigarette case. [Follows Algernon round the room.]
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