November 12, 2004

Non-Knitting Interlude

Usually, every morning, Scott gets up early to go to work. He brings me a cup of coffee while I'm still in bed, and kisses me good-bye as he leaves for work. And usually I knit for half an hour, or forty-five minutes, or even an hour -- as long as I can make that cup of coffee last -- before I get out of bed and start my day.

But this morning, Scott got up late, and left for work without making any coffee. I had to get up to make my own cup of coffee. While the coffee was brewing, I browsed through some of my drama literature; lighted upon, and re-read with great pleasure The Importance of Being Earnest.

I was first introduced to this play when I was in high school; we read it aloud in drama class. Years later, when I taught high school drama, I always read this play with my advanced class. Oscar Wilde's biting humor is as understandable today as it was when this play was written, and high school students of today "get" it (whereas Shakespeare you have to explain to them). The Importance of Being Earnest was even made into a movie a few years ago, starring Reese Witherspoon.

Just wanted to share this idyllic-though-non-knitting morning with you, sipping coffee, re-reading The Importance of Being Earnest. The play is just too, too rich, and I chuckled away while reading it. I so enjoyed, as freshly as if it were the first time, the main character Algernon's relationship with his invalid friend Bunbury. Somehow Bunbury always manages to call Algernon away, just at those moments when Algernon has a pressing social obligation.

Oscar Wilde was a master of comedy of manners.

Posted by Karen at November 12, 2004 08:10 PM