en-pt  The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Part of Act 1 Easy
A Importância de chamar-se Ernesto. Por Oscar Wilde CENÁRIO DO PRIMEIRO ATO. Pequeno salão no departamento de Algernon na rua Half - Moon. A sala está luxuosa e artisticamente mobiliada. O som de um piano é ouvido no quarto adjacente.

[Lane está organizando o chá da tarde na mesa e depois que a música cessou, Algernon entra.]

Algernon: você ouviu o que eu estava tocando, Lane?

Lane: Eu não acreditei que fosse de boa educação escutar, senhor.

Algernon: Eu sinto muito por isso, por você. Eu não toco exatamente, qualquer pessoa pode tocar exatamente, mas toco com uma expressão maravilhosa. No que se refere ao piano o meu forte é o sentimento. Eu fico a ciência para a vida.

Lane: Sim, senhor.
Algernon: E, falando da ciência da Vida, você já tem os sanduíches de pepino cortado para Lady Bracknell?

Lane: Sim, senhor. [Ele os alcança numa bandeja.]

Algernon. [Ele os inspeciona, ele pega dois e ele se senta no sofá.] Ah! . . . de propósito, Lane, eu vejo no suo livro que a quinta-feira pela noite, quando o lord Shoreman e o senhor Worthing jantaram comigo, oito garrafas de champanha são registradas como que foram consumidas.

Lane. Sim, senhor; oito garrafas e uma caneca.

Algernon. Por que será isso que em todas as casas de solteiros os criados invariavelmente bebem o champanhe? Eu pergunto simplesmente para informaçaõ.



Lane. Eu atribuo isso à qualidade superior do vinho, senhor. Eu observei freqüentemente isso nas casas dos homens casados que o champanhe raramente é de uma marca de primeira categoria.


Algernon. O meu Deus! O matrimônio é tão demoralisante como isso?

Lane. Eu acredito que é um estado muito agradável, senhor. Eu tive muito pouca experiência disto até o presente. Eu só estive casado uma vez. Foi como conseqüência de um malentendido entre uma pessoa jovem e mim.


Algernon. [Languidamente]. Não acho que me interesse a sua vida familiar, Lane. Lane. Não, senhor, não é um tema muito interessante. Eu nunca penso em mim mesmo.


Algernon. Muito natural, eu estou certo. Isso fará, Lane, obrigado.
Lane. Obrigado, senhor. [Lane sai].


Algernon. As visões de Lane sobre o matrimônio parecem-me um pouco relajadas. Realmente, se as classes inferiores não nos dão um exemplo bom, para que demônios servem? Ellos parecen, como una clase, no tener absolutamente ningún sentido de responsabilidad moral.
[Lane entra]. Lane. O senhor Ernest Worthing.
[Jack entra].
[Lane sai].

Algernon. Como vai você, meu querido Ernest? Que lhe traz à cidade?

Jack. Oh, prazer, prazer! O que mais trazeria alguém a qualquer lugar? Comendo como sempre, eu vejo, Algy!

Algernon. [Rigidamente]. Acredito que é costume na boa sociedade tomar um leve refresco às cinco horas. Onde você esteve desde a última quinta-feira?

Jack. [Sentando no sofá]. No campo.


Algernon. Que diabos você faz lá?


Jack. [Tirando as luvas.] Quando alguém está na cidade, se diverte.


Quando alguém está no campo, diverte as outras pessoas. Ele está excessivamente aborrecido.


Algernon. E quem são as pessoas que você diverte?


Jack. [Sem lhe dar importância]. Ah, vecinos, vecinos.


Algernon. Encontrou uns vizinhos agradáveis no suo lugar de Shropshire?


Jack. Totalmente horríveis! Eu nunca falo con nenhum deles.


Algernon. Tão imensamente você tem que divertir a eles! [Ele se levanta e ele pega outro sanduíche]. Shropshire é de propósito, seu município, verdade?


Jack. Eh? Shopshire? Sim, é claro. Olá! Por que todas estas xícaras? Por que sanduíches de pepino? Por que uma tal extravagância imprudente em alguém tão jovem? Quem virá tomar o cha?


Algernon. Oh!, somente tia Augusta e Gwendolen.


Jack. Como perfeitamente encantador!


Algernon. Yes, that it are quite very nice; but I am afraid that August aunt does not approve too much his presence here.
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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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Really, if the lower orders don't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?
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They seem, as a class, to have absolutely no sense of moral responsibility.
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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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I believe it is customary in good society to take some slight refreshment at five o'clock.
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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.