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Daemon
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:00:00 AM
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If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)
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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:32:26 AM

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There's a truth. Anxious
Al Rizwaan
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:44:29 AM

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while leaf by leaf autumn has stripped the trees, all this long windy while have I in sadness waited for the news that did not come...
Charles Luo
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 1:42:35 AM
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Applause
Al Rizwaan wrote:
while leaf by leaf autumn has stripped the trees, all this long windy while have I in sadness waited for the news that did not come...
yasin arshad 1
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:36:13 AM
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Boo hoo!
Daemon wrote:
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Bully_rus
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 3:58:55 AM
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Daemon wrote:
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Too much promises will render them void immediately after its utterance... Just few lines later: "I never change, except in my affections."
MechPebbles
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 4:52:29 AM

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By "too long", does he mean longer than his life span?
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Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 7:00:11 AM

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This quote is said by Gwendolen to Jack Worthing in the Act 3, Scene 3 in the play "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Here in context, for better interpretation.


Miss Prism: Lady Bracknell, I admit with shame that I do not know. I only wish I did. The plain facts of the case are these. On the morning of the day you mention, a day that is for ever branded on my memory, I prepared as usual to take the baby out in its perambulator. I had also with me a somewhat old, but capacious handbag, in which I had intended to place the manuscript of a work of fiction that I had written during my few unoccupied hours. In a moment of mental abstraction, for which I never can forgive myself, I deposited the manuscript in the basinette, and placed the baby in the handbag.

Jack: But where did you deposit the handbag?

Miss Prism: Do not ask me, Mr. Worthing.

Jack: Miss Prism, this is a matter of no small importance to me. I insist on knowing where you deposited the handbag that contained that infant.

Miss Prism: I left it in the cloakroom of one of the larger railway stations in London.

Jack: What railway station?

Miss Prism: Victoria. The Brighton line.

Jack: I must retire to my room for a moment. Gwendolen, wait here for me.

Gwendolen: If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Chasuble: What do you think this means, Lady Bracknell?

Lady Bracknell: I dare not even suspect, Dr. Chasuble. I need hardly tell you that in families of high position strange coincidences are not supposed to occur. They are hardly considered the thing.

Cecily: Uncle Jack seems strangely agitated.

Chasuble: Your guardian has a very emotional nature.

Lady Bracknell: This noise is extremely unpleasant. It sounds as if he was having an argument. I dislike arguments of any kind. They are always vulgar, and often convincing.

Chasuble: It has stopped now.

Lady Bracknell: I wish he would arrive at some conclusion.

Gwendolen: This suspense is terrible. I hope it will last.

Jack: Is this the handbag, Miss Prism? Examine it carefully before you speak. The happiness of more than one life depends on your answer.

Read more of this wonderful play online :

http://www.repeatafterus.com/title.php?i=5730&p=t
Farah Aloha surfer
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 7:36:37 AM

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He means he can't wait after he is dead... hurry, life is short.
walirlan
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 8:28:16 AM

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You must act now, not later when it might be too late.
maillady
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 9:02:32 AM

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Isn't it supposed to be funny?
Saul F
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:28:33 AM

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Anxious It is kind of funny because most people do not like to waiting.
karia h
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 11:31:51 AM
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I find this funny.
khadija hibti
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:10:59 PM

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he means: he can always wait, unless it's too late !!
capitán
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 12:27:15 PM

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Daemon wrote:
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


... ... ...

He means that all your life is not too long.
But that would depend on the person waiting
and the person one is waiting for, I suppose.

I know it.
I also wait,
if not a long time,
for a few good years of my youth.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BvV9arABLs
maillady
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 2:57:09 PM

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It's supposed to be a comedy,right. Like a stupid Will Farrell movie.
Alexander Lo
Posted: Monday, June 23, 2014 10:03:12 PM

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If he was going to wait all his life, why care about how soon that person will be back?
karlapalem
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:20:29 AM

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Think Though it sounds like an appeal ..you see.. there is some hidden condition lying inside!
excaelis
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:32:04 AM

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Good lord people. It's from a Wilde comedy, not Mother Courage. Lighten up !

Sanity is not statistical
maillady
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:36:16 AM

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excaelis wrote:
Good lord people. It's from a Wilde comedy, not Mother Courage. Lighten up !




THANK YOU!!!!
Absurdicuss
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:33:47 AM

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A clever sort of word phrase oxymoron.


"Now" is the eternal present.
Verbatim
Posted: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 2:56:37 PM
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Daemon wrote:
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)


Gwendolen will only wait there for all her life if he were not too long: Hurry up, but wait, Jack, can't wait a minute longer than my life.Anxious



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