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    #1

    mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    This is from one scene of a drama.

    Winston: All right, genius, since you know me so well, what am I thinking right now?
    Christopher: Well, you're worried because we're going to see somebody who's not exactly my biggest fan. You're second guessing.
    Winston: "Not exactly your biggest fan." The man told you if he ever saw you again, he'd shoot you you in the kneecaps, stuff you in a steamer trunk, and sink it to the bottom of the bay.
    Christopher: You see, that's what I'm talking about. You're nervous.

    Winston: He wants to kill you, and you just want to, just waltz into his living room. But, see, I've been around you long enough to know that, for you, that's pretty much par for the course
    Christopher: Still, you come along. You're like a... mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere.


    What does the last comment of Christopher mean?

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    #2

    Re: mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    mioumama.
    In a radio broadcast in 1939 Winston Churchill famously described Russia as "A riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma". The same phrase or a variation on it is now frequently used to describe something or someone that is very puzzling or mysterious. But the wording is often changed for comic effect, as in this case. Presumably the character was wearing a cashmere sweater or something similar.

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    #3

    To JMurray

    Your answer is very helpful.
    Thank you so much.

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    #4

    Re: To JMurray

    On a side note, he also described Soviet politics as like bulldogs fighting under a carpet.

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    #5

    Re: mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    A cashmere carpet?

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    #6

    Re: To JMurray

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    On a side note, he also described Soviet politics as like bulldogs fighting under a carpet.
    I'd never heard that one. It's a beauty. He also described John Foster Dulles, the American Secretary of State, as a bull who carries his china shop around with him.

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    #7

    Re: mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    And Mythbusters proved that bulls are not particularly clumsy in china shops. It was a great episode.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #8

    Re: mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    It's a shame that politicians don't seem to make good quips much any more.

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    #9

    Re: mystery wrapped in a riddle wrapped in... cashmere???

    Fortunately, we have comedians (or comediennes) who make up things for them to say. Tina Fey comes to mind.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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