The importance of keeping a diary

Wilde.jpgExcerpts from The Importance of being Earnest by Oscar Wilde.

The first:

Cecily.  I keep a diary in order to enter the wonderful secrets of my life.  If I didn’t write them down, I should probably forget all about them.

Miss Prism.  Memory, my dear Cecily, is the diary that we all carry about with us.

Cecily.  Yes, but it usually chronicles the things that have never happened, and couldn’t possibly have happened.

Another:

Algernon.  But was our engagement ever broken off?

Cecily.  Of course it was.  On the 22nd of last March.  You can see the entry if you like. [Shows diary.]  ‘To-day I broke off my engagement with Ernest.  I feel it is better to do so.  The weather still continues charming.’

Finally this:

Cecily.  [Rather shy and confidingly.]  Dearest Gwendolen, there is no reason why I should make a secret of it to you.  Our little county newspaper is sure to chronicle the fact next week.  Mr. Ernest Worthing and I are engaged to be married.

Gwendolen.  [Quite politely, rising.]  My darling Cecily, I think there must be some slight error.  Mr. Ernest Worthing is engaged to me.  The announcement will appear in the Morning Post on Saturday at the latest.

Cecily.  [Very politely, rising.]  I am afraid you must be under some misconception.  Ernest proposed to me exactly ten minutes ago.  [Shows diary.]

Gwendolen.  [Examines diary through her lorgnettte carefully.]  It is certainly very curious, for he asked me to be his wife yesterday afternoon at 5.30.  If you would care to verify the incident, pray do so.  [Produces diary of her own.]  I never travel without my diary.  One should always have something sensational to read in the train.  I am so sorry, dear Cecily, if it is any disappointment to you, but I am afraid I have the prior claim.

The Kavanaugh confirmation hearings have gone entirely off-track. The question ought to be whether the candidate is a respectable, competent, fair-minded person without a partisan agenda, rather than if and when he acted as a sexual predator. The Senate should make that determination without reference to the candidate’s diary.

https://www.gutenberg.org/files/844/844-h/844-h.htm

 

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3 Responses to The importance of keeping a diary

  1. josephurban says:

    Whether a candidate is “respectable”? hmmm. Wouldn’t that include whether or not he was a sexual predator? Although in his defense, his calendar never states: Participated in raping a girl today.

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  2. whungerford says:

    I’m not sure if being a sexual predator is a disqualification or not. But I am sure that being nominated as a partisan zealot and recognized as a liar is a disqualification. I am not sure if he has no memory of his behavior, or if he is stonewalling, but I don’t care. Clearly he is not a universally respectable candidate for the court. If he values the respectability of the judiciary, he should withdraw his nomination and resign from his position as a Federal judge.

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  3. whungerford says:

    What do Trump and Kavanaugh have in common? I submit: “a willingness to lie to their lawyers.”

    Liked by 1 person

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