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Offline t k

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« on: July 18, 2017, 04:21:56 am »
Jack.  I am sick to death of cleverness.  Everybody is clever nowadays.  You can’t go anywhere without meeting clever people.  The thing has become an absolute public nuisance.  I wish to goodness we had a few fools left.

Algernon.  We have.

Jack.  I should extremely like to meet them.  What do they talk about?

Algernon.  The fools?  Oh! about the clever people, of course.

Jack.  What fools!
(from The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde; a larger context is here; use ctrl-f to locate the sentence)  --- tk

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Re: fools
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 08:49:33 am »
What is the question tk?
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Re: fools
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 09:51:11 am »
I think tk was just amused by this somewhat circular conversation.   ;D

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Re: fools
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 11:03:39 am »
This is Café - no question required ;)
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Re: fools
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 12:17:13 pm »
 ;D
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