The handbag in which Jack was found as a baby is a symbol for the comedy of errors. Jack’s inadvertent abandonment in a place as obscure and ridiculous as a handbag at a train station demonstrates the absurd results that arise when silly, as well as serious, mistakes are made.
Jack’s Handbag Quotes in The Importance of Being Earnest
The The Importance of Being Earnest quotes below all refer to the symbol of Jack’s Handbag. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Dover Publications edition of The Importance of Being Earnest published in 1990.).
Act 1, Part 2 Quotes
You can hardly imagine that I and Lord Bracknell would dream of allowing our only daughter—a girl brought up with the utmost care—to marry into a cloak-room and form an alliance with a parcel.
Jack’s Handbag Symbol Timeline in The Importance of Being Earnest
The timeline below shows where the symbol Jack’s Handbag appears in The Importance of Being Earnest. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, Part 2
...day with the baby in the stroller and the manuscript for her three-volume-novel in a handbag. She conjectures that in a moment of absentmindedness she put the manuscript in the stroller... (full context)