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    Question What does the layer imply here?

    I donít care what everyone likes.

    Shrek: Ogres are like onions.  
     
    Donkey: They stink?

    Shrek: Yes. No!

    Donkey: Or they make you cry?

    Shrek: No!

    Donkey: Oh, you leave them out in the sun, they ge t all brown and start sprouting little white hairs ?

    Shrek: No, layers! Onions have layers. Ogres have  layers. Onions have layers, you get it? We both have layers!

    Donkey: Oh, you both have layers. Oh. You know, no t everybody like onions. Cake! Everybody loves cakes. Cakes ha ve layers.
    Shrek: I donít care what else everybody likes? Ogr es are not like cakes.

    Donkey: You know what else everybody likes? Parfait. Have you ever met a  person you say, "Hey, letís get some parfait," an d they say "Hey no, I  donít like no parfait?" Parfaits rae delicious.

    Shrek: No! You dense, irritating, miniature beast  of burden! Ogres are like onions! End of story! Bye-bye, see you later.

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    Default Re: What does the layer imply here?

    I imagine it means that ogres have depths to them that are revealed over time.

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    Default Re: What does the layer imply here?

    Onions are structurally complex. Ogres aren't simple; they are cognitively complex, like people.

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    My understanding of layer in this context is that Shrek was trying to tell Donkey about this: Don't try to stereotype people , you can't juge people according the way they look. It does't mean they are bad if they look ugly and what have you. You don't know me well enough yet, all you see right now is only the outside of me, I am not the way you think.

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    Default Re: What does the layer imply here?

    Quote Originally Posted by english-learner
    . . . , all you see right now is only the outside of me, I am not the way you think.
    Wow! That's really good. You and tdol deserve crowns.

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    Thank you Casiopea!

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    Question Re: What does the layer imply here?

    What I enjoy about the lines I posted above is the " Layer". A human being has layers. Just like the onions. They are structurally complex. Also we can try to Imagine the wrapper we use when we try to wrapper a gift for friends. There are many stratums of wrapper was wrapped around the gift. So when the time we try to unwrap the gift, since there are many stratums to it, one after another untill we get to the core. A hunman being also can refer to that. If we want to get to the core of a human being that are revealed over time we have to unwarp it one by one.

    " A human being has layers"

    I like the figurative use here.

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    Question Re: What does the layer imply here?

    Does anybody agree with more comments above from me about the phrase " Layer" ?

    Also, I have one more question:
    What does miniature mean in the giving context?
    Does " miniature beast  of burden" = " little donkey" ?

    Looking forward to hearing you. Thank you.

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