en-de  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Part of Act 1 Easy
Ernst Sein Ist Alles von Oscar Wilde Erster Akt Ort der Handlung Morgenzimmer in Algernons Wohnung in der Half-Moon-Street. Der Raum ist luxuriös und kunstvoll eingerichtet. Der Klang eines Klaviers ist aus dem Nebenzimmer zu hören.

(Lane bereitet auf dem Tisch den Nachmittagstee vor und nachdem die Musik verstummt ist, tritt Algernon ein .)

Algernon: "Haben Sie gehört, was ich gespielt habe, Lane?"

Lane: Ich hielte es nicht für höflich zuzuhören, mein Herr.

Algernon: "Das tut mir um deinetwillen leid. Ich spiele nicht fehlerfrei - jeder kann fehlerfrei spielen - aber ich spiele mit wundervollem Ausdruck. ... Soweit es das Klavier betrifft, Gefühl ist meine Stärke Die Wissenschaft hebe ich mir für das Leben auf.

Lane: Ja, mein Herr.
Algeenon: Und weil wir gerade von der Wissenschaft des Lebens sprechen, hast du die Gurkensandwiches für Lady Bracknell geschnitten?

Lane, ja mein Herr. [Überreicht ihnen ein Tablett.]

Algernon. [Beschaut sie, nimmt zwei, und setzt sich aufs Sofa.] Oh! . . . übrigens, Lane, ich entnehme deinem Buch, dass Donnerstag Nacht, als Lord Shoreman und Mr. Worthing mit mir speisten, jemand eingetragen hat, dass acht Flaschen Champagner konsumiert wurden.

Lane. Ja, Sir. Acht Flaschen und ein Pint.

Algernon. Warum ist es in Junggesellenhaushalten so, dass die Diener immer den Champagner trinken? Ich frage nur zur Information.



Lane. Ich schreibe es der überragenden Qualität des Weines zu, Sir. Ich habe oft beobachtet, dass es in ehelichen Haushalten nur selten Champagner einer erstklassigen Marke gibt.


Algernon. Gütiger Himmel! Ist die Ehe so demoralisierend?

Lane. Ich glaube, es ist ein sehr angenehmer Zustand, Sir. Ich habe bis heute sehr wenig Erfahrung damit. Ich bin nur einmal verheiratet gewesen. Das war die Konsequenz eines Missverständnisses zwischen mir und einer jungen Person.


Algernon. [Gelangweilt.] "Ich weiß nicht, ob ich sehr an Ihrem Familienleben interessiert bin, Lane." Lane. "Nein, mein Herr, es ist kein sehr interessantes Thema. I never think of it myself.


Algernon. "Sehr natürlich, ich bin mir sicher. Danke Lane, das genügt."
Lane. "Danke, mein Herr." [Lane geht hinaus.]


Algernon. "Lanes Ansichten über Heirat scheinen ein wenig lax. Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
[Lane tritt ein.] Lane. Mr. Ernest Worthing.
[Enter Jack.]
[Lane goes out.]

Algernon. "Wie geht es Ihnen? mein lieber Ernst? Was führt Sie in die Stadt?"

Jack. Oh, pleasure, pleasure! What else should bring one anywhere? Eating as usual, I see, Algy!

Algernon. [Stiffly.] I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. Where have you been since last Thursday?

Jack. [Setzt sich auf das Sofa]. "Auf dem Land."


Algernon. "Was um Himmels willen machen Sie dort?"


Jack. [Pulling off his gloves.] When one is in town one amuses oneself.


When one is in the country one amuses other people. Es ist überaus langweilig."


Algernon. And who are the people you amuse?


Jack. [Leichthin.] "Oh, Nachbarn, Nachbarn."


Algernon. "Haben Sie nette Nachbarn in Ihrem Teil von Shropshire?"


Jack. Perfectly horrid! Never speak to one of them.


Algernon. How immensely you must amuse them! [Goes over and takes sandwich.] By the way, Shropshire is your county, is it not?


Jack. Eh? Shropshire? Yes, of course. Hallo! Warum all diese Tassen? Warum Gurkensandwiches? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Wer kommt zum Tee?"


Algernon. "Oh! nur Tante Augusta und Gwendolen."


Jack. "Wie überaus entzückend!"


Algernon. "Ja, schön und gut, doch fürchte ich, Tante Augusta würde es nicht wirklich gutheißen, dass du hier bist."
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The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished.
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The sound of a piano is heard in the adjoining room.
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[Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.]
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Algernon: Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?
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Lane: I didn't think it polite to listen, sir.
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Algernon: I'm sorry for that, for your sake.
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I don't play accurately--anyone can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression.
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As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte.
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I keep science for Life.
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Lane: Yes, sir.
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Lane: Yes, sir.
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[Hands them on a salver.]
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Algernon.
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[Inspects them, takes two, and sits down on the sofa.]
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Oh!
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Lane.
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Yes, sir; eight bottles and a pint.
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Algernon.
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Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne?
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I ask merely for information.
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Lane.
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I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir.
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I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.
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Algernon.
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Good heavens!
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Is marriage so demoralising as that?
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Lane.
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I believe it _is_ a very pleasant state, sir.
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I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present.
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I have only been married once.
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That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person.
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Algernon.
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[Languidly.]
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I don't know that I am much interested in your family life, Lane.
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Lane.
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No, sir; it is not a very interesting subject.
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I never think of it myself.
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Algernon.
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Very natural, I am sure.
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That will do, Lane, thank you.
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Lane.
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Thank you, sir.
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[Lane goes out.]
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Algernon.
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Lane's views on marriage seem somewhat lax.
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[Enter Lane.]
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Lane.
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Mr. Ernest Worthing.
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[Enter Jack.]
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[Lane goes out.]
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Algernon.
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How are you, my dear Ernest?
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What brings you up to town?
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Jack.
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Oh, pleasure, pleasure!
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What else should bring one anywhere?
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Eating as usual, I see, Algy!
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Algernon.
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[Stiffly.]
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Where have you been since last Thursday?
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Jack.
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[Sitting down on the sofa.]
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In the country.
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Algernon.
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What on earth do you do there?
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Jack.
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[Pulling off his gloves.]
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When one is in town one amuses oneself.
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When one is in the country one amuses other people.
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It is excessively boring.
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Algernon.
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And who are the people you amuse?
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Jack.
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[Airily.]
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Oh, neighbours, neighbours.
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Algernon.
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Got nice neighbours in your part of Shropshire?
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Jack.
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Perfectly horrid!
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Never speak to one of them.
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Algernon.
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How immensely you must amuse them!
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[Goes over and takes sandwich.]
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By the way, Shropshire is your county, is it not?
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Jack.
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Eh?
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Shropshire?
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Yes, of course.
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Hallo!
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Why all these cups?
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Why cucumber sandwiches?
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Why such reckless extravagance in one so young?
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Who is coming to tea?
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Algernon.
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Oh!
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merely Aunt Augusta and Gwendolen.
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Jack.
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How perfectly delightful!
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Algernon.
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Yes, that is all very well; but I am afraid Aunt Augusta won't quite approve of your being here.
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The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

FIRST ACT

SCENE

Morning-room in Algernon's flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The sound of a piano is heard in the
adjoining room.

[Lane is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, Algernon enters.]

Algernon: Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?

Lane: I didn't think it polite to listen, sir.

Algernon: I'm sorry for that, for your sake. I don't play accurately--anyone can play accurately--but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for Life.

Lane: Yes, sir.
Algernon: And, speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?

Lane: Yes, sir. [Hands them on a salver.]

Algernon. [Inspects them, takes two, and sits down on the sofa.] Oh! . . . by the way, Lane, I see from your book that on Thursday night, when Lord Shoreman and Mr. Worthing were dining with me, eight bottles of champagne are entered as having been consumed.

Lane. Yes, sir; eight bottles and a pint.

Algernon. Why is it that at a bachelor's establishment the servants invariably drink the champagne? I ask merely for information.

Lane. I attribute it to the superior quality of the wine, sir. I have often observed that in married households the champagne is rarely of a first-rate brand.

Algernon. Good heavens! Is marriage so demoralising as that?

Lane. I believe it _is_ a very pleasant state, sir. I have had very little experience of it myself up to the present. I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person.

Algernon. [Languidly.] I don't know that I am much interested in your family life, Lane.
Lane. No, sir; it is not a very interesting subject. I never think of it myself.

Algernon. Very natural, I am sure. That will do, Lane, thank you.
Lane. Thank you, sir. [Lane goes out.]

Algernon. Lane's views on marriage seem somewhat lax. Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them? They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
[Enter Lane.]

Lane. Mr. Ernest Worthing.
[Enter Jack.]
[Lane goes out.]

Algernon. How are you, my dear Ernest? What brings you up to town?

Jack. Oh, pleasure, pleasure! What else should bring one anywhere? Eating as usual, I see, Algy!

Algernon. [Stiffly.] I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock. Where have you been since last Thursday?

Jack. [Sitting down on the sofa.] In the country.

Algernon. What on earth do you do there?

Jack. [Pulling off his gloves.] When one is in town one amuses oneself.

When one is in the country one amuses other people. It is excessively boring.

Algernon. And who are the people you amuse?

Jack. [Airily.] Oh, neighbours, neighbours.

Algernon. Got nice neighbours in your part of Shropshire?

Jack. Perfectly horrid! Never speak to one of them.

Algernon. How immensely you must amuse them! [Goes over and takes sandwich.] By the way, Shropshire is your county, is it not?

Jack. Eh? Shropshire? Yes, of course. Hallo! Why all these cups? Why cucumber sandwiches? Why such reckless extravagance in one so young? Who is coming to tea?

Algernon. Oh! merely Aunt Augusta and Gwendolen.

Jack. How perfectly delightful!

Algernon. Yes, that is all very well; but I am afraid Aunt Augusta won't quite approve of your being here.