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    when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    "But I warn you the beauty will only be skin deep," said the wizard.
    "That's all right," replied the happy glass-blower; "when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful."

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell View Post
    "But I warn you the beauty will only be skin deep," said the wizard.
    "That's all right," replied the happy glass-blower; "when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful."
    "Losing one's skin" is a euphemism for dying - especially under violent circumstances. That might be the meaning here.

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    Thank you Raymott

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Losing one's skin" is a euphemism for dying - especially under violent circumstances. That might be the meaning here.
    But it's worth noting that 'I shan't care to remain beautiful' is at best strangely worded. The speaker probably means 'I shan't care about remaining beautiful'.

    The expression 'care to do something' is quite old-fashioned and means something like mean/want/choose to do it:

    'What's your name?'
    'I don't care to answer that'

    Or

    'If you'd care to look out of the left-hand windows, you will see <whatever>'

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    Thank you, BobK

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    In a similar vein, humorist Jean Kerr once said "I'm tired of all this nonsense about beauty being skin deep. That's deep enough. What do you want, an adorable pancreas?"

    The speaker in your quote has the same attitude - if beauty is only skin deep, it's OK with her to simply have beautiful skin, or, to be beautful in appearance only. She doesn't care about her "inside" being beautiful.

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    Re: when I lose my skin I shan't care to remain beautiful

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But it's worth noting that 'I shan't care to remain beautiful' is at best strangely worded. The speaker probably means 'I shan't care about remaining beautiful'.

    The expression 'care to do something' is quite old-fashioned and means something like mean/want/choose to do it:

    'What's your name?'
    'I don't care to answer that'

    Or

    'If you'd care to look out of the left-hand windows, you will see <whatever>'

    b

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