The Importance of Being Earnest

Cecily and Gwendolyn both like the name Ernest for what reason?

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Cecily and Gwendolyn both believe the name inspires "absolute confidence." The name, sounding like "earnest," seems to show only uprightness and honesty. Of course, this is the great irony of the play; as Jack and Algernon have both falsified the name.