George Dickens 's ' The Cucumber Sandwiches For Lady Bracknell '

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When Algernon says, “I keep science for Life,” and “speaking of the science of Life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches for Lady Bracknell?” he is criticizing Victorian social codes of maintaining perfection and surface politeness and emotion rather than displaying true passion or concern for others.

During their conversation, Lane tells Algernon, “I have only been married once. That was in consequence of a misunderstanding between myself and a young person,” to which Algernon replies, “I don 't know that I am much interested in your family life, Lane.” This exchange shows a relative friendliness and a subtle joking nature between the men, as well as Algernon commenting on his own social superiority over Lane, which shows Algernon as both witty and haughty.

Moral responsibility in the Victorian era was considered to be displayed by the upper class, and when Algernon says, “Really, if the lower orders don 't set us a good example, what on earth is the use of them?” the humor lies in Algernon’s expectation in reversing the roles of classes and having the lower class set an example of morals.
Algernon’s line, “The very essence of romance is uncertainty. If I ever get married, I’ll certainly try to forget the fact,” criticizes Victorian ideals because marriage was viewed as an opportunity to reliably move up in social class, not a venture of romance. With his statement of wanting to forget is he does get married, Algernon is insulting the foundation of the period’s…

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