In Wilde’s view, Jack’s refusal to acknowledge that he is “a Bunburyist” is what differentiates him from Algernon from a purely moral perspective.Jack’s refusal to admit what he is makes him a hypocrite.“I do not approve of anything that tampers with natural ignorance.
Jack thinks that once he is married to Gwendolen he will no longer need the ruse of the irresponsible brother because he will be happy, and he won’t want to disappear.
Algernon’s reply to Jack’s question is a perfect example of the Wildean epigram: a statement that briefly and elegantly turns some piece of received or conventional wisdom on its head.
Another example is Algernon’s assertion that “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
The whole theory of modern education is radically unsound.
Fortunately in England, at any rate, education produces no effect whatsoever.