Love has been manipulated by the differing views of people within "The Importance of Being Earnest". People seem to hand over their heart for a different reason while some don't believe in the emotion.
Before Gwendolyn responded to this she told Jack she, "Passionately!" (Wilde 15) loved Jack, but we later find out that it was only for his alternative name, Ernest, and that she publicly wants to display their love rather than in private expressing her lack of understanding of love.
Jack proposes to Gwendolyn after confessing his love by stating, " Miss Fairfax, ever since I met you I have admired you more than any girl..." (Wilde 14)
Lady Bracknell does not believe that the "love" Gwendolyn and Jack share is what should provoke their engagement as convinced through her multiple questions she asked Jack after the proposal.
Algernon believes that, "It is very romantic to be in love," (Wilde 4). But he finds flirting to be "...perfectly disgraceful..." (Wilde 4) which is how he described Jack and Gwendolyn's moves towards each other.