Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest
ALGERNON. I really don't see anything romantic in proposing. It is very romantic
to be in love. But there is nothing romantic about a definite proposal. Why, one may
be accepted. One usually is, I believe. Then the excitement is all over.
ALGERNON. All women become like their mothers. That is their tragedy. No man
does. That's his.
CECILY. It is always painful to part from people whom one has known for a very
brief space of time. The absence of old friends one can endure with equanimity. But
even a momentary seperation from any one to whom one has just been introduced
is almost unbearable.