James Henley Thornwell and the false economy of cheap cigars

Discussion in 'Entertainment and Humor' started by Reformed Covenanter, Mar 23, 2019.

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  1. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    This anecdote about James Henley Thornwell's aversion to anything inexpensive - especially cigars - is one of the greatest of all time. (I alluded to it in the thread about J. H. Thornwell and baptism, but I thought that it deserved a thread of its own.)
     
  2. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    Am I right in understanding his Thornwell's point to be that if a man will smoke a cheap cigar it is a mark of the kind of character that will also lead a man to steal?
     
  3. Reformed Covenanter

    Reformed Covenanter Puritan Board Doctor

    Yes, but remember that it is a joke.
     
  4. ZackF

    ZackF Puritan Board Graduate

    I was thinking...what about stealing an expensive cigar? Will that make a man more generous?
     
  5. C. M. Sheffield

    C. M. Sheffield Puritan Board Junior

    And a good one at that. I share Thornwell's appreciation for the finer things. My wife often says "Your spirit is willing but your wallet is weak."
     
  6. JTB.SDG

    JTB.SDG Puritan Board Sophomore

    If he was living today he would own a Schuyler no doubt :rolleyes: . And maybe an expensive pen. But just how expensive a fine pen should be, as I've heard, is another discussion all together. . .
     
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