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    The face that launched a thousand ships

    Dear forum visitors,

    In a play, a man who has been wounded and has lost his eye-sight in an car-accident says: No more for me "the face who launched a thousand ships", eh?
    I know this is a reference to Helen of Troy, whose beauty is supposed to have triggered the Trojan Wars, but what could this person mean by saying this in his situation? Something like: I'm no longer attractive, I will no longer be able to undertake anything important?
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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    I think he is saying that now he will no longer be able to appreciate facial beauty since he no longer can see it.

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    Cool Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    No more will he be able to lay his eyes on a beautiful woman.

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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    Thank you Anglika and RonBee. I hadn't thought of that. Thank you very much!
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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    You're quite welcome.



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    #6

    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    Have you considered that he may feel no longer attractive to beautiful women? This is my immediate analysis, as I am a woman.


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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    I request all of you to give a simple sentence where the expression 'the face who launched a thousand ships' is used, as I am having certain misgivings as to where it can be used??
    Thx in advance..!!

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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    Quote Originally Posted by hemantg View Post
    I request all of you to give a simple sentence where the expression 'the face who launched a thousand ships' is used, as I am having certain misgivings as to where it can be used??
    Thx in advance..!!
    She had a face that launched a thousand ships. This applied to Helen of Troy. I don't think I've ever heard it used colloquially or idiomatically (to mean something like 'fatally attractive, in a way that had far-reaching consequences') - except as a direct reference to Helen, which is why I think the original post referred to the loss of sight rather than the loss of attractiveness.

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    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    I remember a tabloid newpaper cruelly referring to Fergie (Duchess of York) as 'the face that shipped a thousand lunches' after she had put on a bit of weight.


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    #10

    Re: The face that launched a thousand ships

    As an aside, I can say I know of another face that launched six thousand ships. Adolf Hitler's on the 'D' Day landings. Sorry about the blatant digression but could'nt resist.

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