Handbag Scene from Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest

If you enjoy humor, don’t miss Oscar Wilde’s play, Importance of Being Earnest. Here is an audio recording of John Gielgud and Edith Evans performing in one of the most famous scenes from the play in which Lady Bracknell interrogates John/Earnest Worthing as a possible suitor for her daughter. This clip includes the famous “handbag” line, as well as the lines, “To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune–to lose both seems like carelessness,” and other incomparable quips, perfectly delivered.

John Gielgud and Edith Evans perform the handbag scene from Wilde’s Importance of Being Earnest.

EIL 2.9 Wilde Context

 

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