The Importance of Being Earnest

The Importance of Being Earnest First Act

What is ironic about Lady Bracknell's statement that Lady Harbury "looks quite twenty yers younger"?

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Wilde is satirizing the Victorian social assumptions that a woman is so heartbroken upon her husband's death that she ages many years. Wilde points out, however, that it is entirely possible for his death to make her happier and look younger.