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Re: Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.0009  Monday, 4 January 1999.

[1]     From:   Hannibal Hamlin <
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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 17:11:40 -0500 (EST)
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

[2]     From:   Maria Concolato <
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        Date:   Sunday, 03 Jan 1999 23:54:38 +0100
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[3]     From:   S. Neville <
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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 23:27:11 -0000
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[4]     From:   Maijan H. Al-Ruwaili <
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        Date:   Monday, 04 Jan 1999 02:56:29 +0300
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[5]     From:   Steven Paragon <
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        Date:   Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 21:47:02 EST
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From:           Hannibal Hamlin <
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Date:           Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 17:11:40 -0500 (EST)
Subject: 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

On Sunday, 3 January 1999 Abdul Karim Bangura wrote

> I would appeciate your kind help in tracing the complete citation for
> Oscar Wilde's definiton of a cynic as one who "knows the price of
> everything and the value of nothing."

In __Lady Windermere's Fan__, Act III, there is the following exchange

Lord Darlington:  What cynics you fellows are!

Cecil Graham:  What is a cynic?

Lord Darlington:  A man who knows the price of everything and the value
of nothing.

Cecil's reply is also interesting, though less often quoted.

Cecil Graham:  And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who
sees an absurd value in everything, and doesn't know the market price of
any single thing.

Hope this is helpful,

Hannibal Hamlin
Renaissance Studies
Yale

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Date:           Sunday, 03 Jan 1999 23:54:38 +0100
Subject: 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

The quotation is from 'Lady Windermere's Fan' (Act 3). Maria Concolato

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Date:           Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 23:27:11 -0000
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Comment:        RE: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

It's from  'Lady Windermere's Fan', act 3 :

Cecil Graham : What is a cynic?

Lord Darlington : A man who knows the price of everything and the value
of nothing.

Steve Neville

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Date:           Monday, 04 Jan 1999 02:56:29 +0300
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Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

I do not have the book now; but the line in question appears in a
conversation between Cecil Graham and Lord Darlington (Lady Windermere's
Fan, Act 3):

Cecil Graham:        What is a cynic?
Lord Darlington:    A man who knows the price of everything and the
value of nothing.

It would not be difficult to check it.

Maijan

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Date:           Sunday, 3 Jan 1999 21:47:02 EST
Subject: 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.0006 Oscar Wilde's Definition Of A 'Cynic'

The Picture Of Dorian Grey!
 

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