Practice English Speaking&Listening with: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde - Free Audio Play for Educators

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JACK: I don't actually know who I am by birth. I was, well, I was found.

LADY BRACKNELL: Found?

JACK: The late Mr. Thomas Cardew. An old gentleman of a very charitable and kindly disposition found me,

and gave me the name of Worthing, because he happened to have a

first-class ticket for Worthing in his pocket at the time.

Worthing is a place in Sussex. It is a seaside resort.

LADY BRACKNELL: Where did the charitable gentleman who had a

first-class ticket for this seaside resort find you?

JACK: In...a handbag.

LADY BRACKNELL: A handbag!

JACK: Yes, Lady Bracknell, I was in a handbag. A somewhat large black leather handbag

with handles to it. An ordinary handbag in fact.

LADY BRACKNELL: In what locality did this Mr. James or Thomas Cardew

come across this ordinary handbag.

JACK: In the cloakroom at Victoria Station. It was given to him in mistake for his own.

LADY BRACKNELL: The cloakroom at Victoria Station?

JACK: Yes. The Brighton line.

LADY BRACKNELL: The line is immaterial.

(audience laughter)

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