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

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

Here is an audio recording of John Gielgud and Edith Evans doing the scene of Lady Bracknell interrogating John/Earnest Worthing. This 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.

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