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    as fine as paint

    Hi, I'd like to know the meaning of this expression "as fine as paint"
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    Richie, unaware that Ben was in deep throes of calf-love, was feeling just as fine as paint.
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    Re: as fine as paint

    Your context is paint-thin.
    Is this sentence from the nonsense poem
    "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll ?
    If yes, it probably means that Ben was feeling just fine because he was in love - possibly for the first time.
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    CHAPTER V THE FIRST LANDFALL

    "It will not be so monotonous at sea," I promised my fellow voyagers on the Snark. Being afraid to go by the English Channel, it sailed all round Scotland and Ireland; some of the ships getting cast away on the latter coast in bad weather, the Irish, who were a kind of savages, plundered those vessels and killed their crews.
    Richie, unaware that Ben was in deep throes of calflove, was feeling just as fine as paint. Pardon me, sir, but the indistinctness must be in your powers of vision. However, I assured her that if he found he couldn't stand it I would fix him so that he could. ' He entered a place of public entertainment, ordered bread and cheese, and writing materials, and sat down before them heavily. womens bailey button uggs still has an organization and some of his followers will remain loyal. Mallory had tolerated him rather scornfully, but today she smiled upon him. I fear such greatness must experience a fall. ] Thus the reciters, after all, did not spare "the old material" in the matter of corslets. Uncle Vernon suddenly found his voice. "Don't want to upset the team any more.
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    #3

    Re: as fine as paint

    I'm reading "It" by Stephen King.

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    Re: as fine as paint

    Quote Originally Posted by JohnParis View Post
    Your context is paint-thin.
    Is this sentence from the nonsense poem
    "The Hunting of the Snark" by Lewis Carroll ?
    If yes, it probably means that Ben was feeling just fine because he was in love - possibly for the first time.
    John

    CHAPTER V THE FIRST LANDFALL

    "It will not be so monotonous at sea," I promised my fellow voyagers on the Snark. Being afraid to go by the English Channel, it sailed all round Scotland and Ireland; some of the ships getting cast away on the latter coast in bad weather, the Irish, who were a kind of savages, plundered those vessels and killed their crews.
    Richie, unaware that Ben was in deep throes of calflove, was feeling just as fine as paint. Pardon me, sir, but the indistinctness must be in your powers of vision. However, I assured her that if he found he couldn't stand it I would fix him so that he could. ' He entered a place of public entertainment, ordered bread and cheese, and writing materials, and sat down before them heavily. womens bailey button uggs still has an organization and some of his followers will remain loyal. Mallory had tolerated him rather scornfully, but today she smiled upon him. I fear such greatness must experience a fall. ] Thus the reciters, after all, did not spare "the old material" in the matter of corslets. Uncle Vernon suddenly found his voice. "Don't want to upset the team any more.
    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    I'm reading "It" by Stephen King.

    It seems strange that Stephen King should use the same character names and the same quirky word order ('Ben was in deep throes of' rather than 'Ben was deep in the throes of'). Are you sure he wasn't quoting the earlier text?

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    Re: as fine as paint

    I'm sure.I've got the book in front of me.

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    Re: as fine as paint

    Quote Originally Posted by ripley View Post
    I'm sure.I've got the book in front of me.
    In that case it seems he might have plagiarised it.

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    Re: as fine as paint

    I have just re-read The Hunting of the Snark, by Lewis Carroll twice, and I can't find it.

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