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    sitifan is offline Member
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    Re: He came of a line of people who knew a spade when they saw one.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    That does not confirm your point IMO- it is simply meant to illustrate how removed the upper classes were from somethings in Oscar Wilde's time.
    Is it a typo?
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    Re: He came of a line of people who knew a spade when they saw one.

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    Is it a typo?
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    Re: He came of a line of people who knew a spade when they saw one.

    I think Saint Paul knew a spade when he saw one ... and he knew a Joker. This makes us squirm. We want to deal the cards, and if it requires a little “sleight of hand”, some pandering to the popular pundits, or pulling one from the bottom, well, the end (our end) justifies the means ... right? After all, even dogs go to Heaven.

    Saint Paul was no gambler. He knew the House had all the odds. And He knew the Dealer. He also knew that a time comes when, whatever hand you've dealt yourself by deceit, sooner or later you'll have to fold.
    The problem is that you've put your soul in the kitty, and when you lose, you won't get it back.

    Saint Paul knew the cards. He was, after all, close to the King ... and, for that matter, to the Queen.
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    What does the first sentence of the above passage mean?
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    Last edited by sitifan; 09-Aug-2019 at 19:26.
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    Re: He came of a line of people who knew a spade when they saw one.

    The writer is suggesting that Saint Paul is familiar with the suits in a deck of playing cards.
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