In his cigarette case Jack stores business cards with his pseudonym and address in London printed on them. Algernon later uses the card to verify his identity to Cecily. The business card is thus another sign of duplicity and dual identity.
Jack’s Business Card Symbol Timeline in The Importance of Being Earnest
The timeline below shows where the symbol Jack’s Business Card appears in The Importance of Being Earnest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 1, Part 1
...order to coax his friend into revealing the meaning of the inscription, Algernon produces a business card from the case with the name “Mr. Ernest Worthing” printed on it and insists that... (full context)
Act 2, Part 1
...alone in the garden, Merriman announces the arrival of Mr. Ernest Worthing and presents his business card . It is the same card that Jack stored in his cigarette case. The visitor... (full context)