Wilde about Christ (6): The Clergy

Jeremy Swift as Canon Chasuble

“Dr Chasuble is a most learned man. He has never written a single book, so you can imagine how much he knows…” Cecily Cardew in The Importance of Being Earnest, describing Canon Chasuble, a doddering Church of England clergyman. The Canon has only one sermon, adaptable to any occasion:

“My sermon on the meaning of the manna in the wilderness can be adapted to almost any occasion, joyful, or, as in the present case, distressing … I have preached it at harvest celebrations, christenings, confirmations, on days of humiliation and festal days. The last time I delivered it was in the Cathedral, as a charity sermon on behalf of the Society for the Prevention of Discontent among the Upper Orders. The Bishop, who was present, was much struck by some of the analogies I drew.”

2 thoughts on “Wilde about Christ (6): The Clergy

    • Lovely little theatre. Shame about the Chasuble/Prism sacrifice – but he’s a great actor and this was a well received production. And I’ve seen this play truly massacred on many occasions 🙂

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