JACK: I will be back in a few moments, dear Canon. Gwendolen! Wait here for me! GWENDOLEN: If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
This quote belongs to Gwendolen, she says it to her beloved Jack Worthing in Act 3 Scene 3 of the play “The Importance of Being Earnest” by Oscar Wilde. It seems controversial for the first glance, but these words precisely reflect Gwendolen’s unconditional love, naïveté and even the attempt to flirt a bit. The girl’s feelings are portrayed as pure and sincere and this is perfectly shown in Wilde’s brilliant manner. Moreover, looking like an average “small talk” (the couple has to be modest and follow the social rules after all), these words excite Jack greatly and even in the next scene people admit that he looks almost strangely agitated. So from the short scene that contains this quote we discover a lot about Gwendolen’s and Jack’s happiness and their mutual feelings.