Witty. Charming. Very, very amusing. The Importance of Being Earnest is a comedy of manners, wickedly satirising the Victorian English Upper Classes. Algernon often uses a visit to an invented friend, Ernest, in the country as an excuse to escape obligations in the city. Meanwhile, his actual best friend who does live in the country enjoys visits to London from time to time to break up life in the country. Confusion and comedy ensues as love and courtship is pursued and the name "Earnest" is assumed by more than one character. Oscar Wilde dazzles with his humour.