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By Lee A Zito Bunburyism in The Importance of Being Earnest is introduced to the reader when Algynon who we later find out is Earnests brother discovers that Earnest is pretending to have a brother in the county It is a practice both take use of to make excuses for their absences Earnest is actually Jacks secret identity he uses while he is in town and Algy has created Bunbury and imaginary friend who is always conveniently sick whenever Algy feels the need to stand his Aunt up Algy somewhat makes it through the play with his imaginary friend Bunbury by creating lies that seem rather credible to his Aunt Even though she sometimes catches him off his guard with her satirical comments of Bunburys life or death Jack himself is not as good as a Bunburyist as Algy ends up visiting his house in the country pretending to be Jacks town Bunbury Earnest Jack returns the favor to Algy telling his debtors that he is Earnest and he is the one who must pay Jacks debt Algy tries to convince Earnests debtors that he is not Earnest but can not so Jack ends up paying Earnests debt which is actually his own if Algy agrees to return to town The art of Bunburyism is no easy task and through out the play the characters struggle to keep track of their secret identities
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