Selected Plays / Избранные пьесы читать онлайн бесплатно
Oscar Wilde / Оскар Уайльд
Selected Plays / Избранные пьесы
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Persons of the Play
John Worthing, J.P.
Rev. Canon Chasuble, D.D.
Hon. Gwendolen Fairfax
Miss Prism, Governess
The Scenes of the Play
ACT I. Algernon Moncrieff’s Flat in Half-Moon Street, W.
ACT II. The Garden at the Manor House, Woolton.
ACT III. Drawing-Room at the Manor House, Woolton.
Scene. Morning-room in Algernon’s flat in Half-Moon Street. The room is luxuriously and artistically furnished. The sound of a piano is heard in the adjoining room.
(LANE is arranging afternoon tea on the table, and after the music has ceased, ALGERNON enters.)
ALGERNON. Did you hear what I was playing, Lane?
LANE. I didn’t think it polite to listen, sir.
ALGERNON. I’m sorry for that, for your sake. I don’t play accurately – anyone can play accurately – but I play with wonderful expression. As far as the piano is concerned, sentiment is my forte. I keep science for life.
LANE. Yes, sir.
ALGERNON. And, speaking of the science of life, have you got the cucumber sandwiches cut for Lady Bracknell?
LANE. Yes, sir. (Hands them on a salver.)