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Questions related to the Irish poet and playwright Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) and his work.

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Can someone explain what “corrupt without being charming” means?

From Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray (emphasis added): those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is fault. Those who find beautiful meanings ...
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What do these lines mean in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'?

Miss Prism: (Recoiling in indignant astonishment) Mr Worthing! I am unmarried! Jack: Unmarried! I do not deny that is a serious blow. But after all, who has the right to cast a stone against one ...
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Meaning of Lady Bracknell's phrasing in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell (to Cecily): Pretty child! your dress is sadly simple, your hair seems almost as Nature might have left it. But we can soon alter all that. A thoroughly experienced French maid produces ...
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Meaning and implication of these lines in The Importance of Being Ernest

Lady Bracknell: There are distinct social possibilities in your profile. The two weak points in our age are its want of principle and its want of profile. The chin a little higher, dear. Style largely ...
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What is the humour behind these lines in 'The Importance Of Being Earnest'?

In Act II of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, Algernon and Cecily have this exchange: Cecily: I can't understand how you are here at all. Uncle Jack won't be back till Monday ...
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In the given line, what is the relation between ‘short-sighted’ and ‘education’? What does it mean by strict views on education?

In Act II of The Importance of Being Earnest, Gwendolen says this in a conversation with Cecily: Gwendolen: [...] And certainly once a man begins to neglect his domestic duties he becomes painfully ...
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Is Cecily being sarcastic about the fact that Dr Chasuble is not learned?

In Act II of The Importance of Being Earnest, Cecily has this conversation with Algernon: Algernon: Ahem! Cecily! [Picking up hat.] Your Rector here is, I suppose, thoroughly experienced in the ...
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What do these lines say about Victorian investments and taxes?

What do the following lines from Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest say about Victorian investments and taxes? Lady Bracknell : What between the duties expected of one during one’s ...
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Source of quote: “Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing.”

Heard from a BitCoin motivational speaker: Oscar Wilde said, "Speaking the truth that somebody wants you not to publish is journalism. Everything else is marketing." However, we all know that ...
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'worth so many beeves' proverb

Can somebody please explain the proverb 'worth so many beeves' in Oscar Wilde's The Rise of Historical Criticism? Here is the context: The origin of the common proverb ‘worth so many beeves,’ in ...
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In “The Importance of Being Earnest”, what does 'Or they come in the evening, at any rate' mean?

In The Importance of Being Earnest, when Lady Bracknell asks Jack about his politics, he answers "Liberal Unionist". Here's the exchange: Lady Bracknell: What are your politics? Jack: Well, I ...