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Paul Benjamin (Character)
from Smoke (1995)
Auggie Wren: The boys and me were just having a philosophical discussion about women and cigars.
Paul Benjamin: Well I suppose that all goes back to Queen Elizabeth.
Auggie Wren: The Queen of England?
Paul Benjamin: Not Elizabeth the Second, Elizabeth the First. Did you ever hear of Sir Walter Raleigh?
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Sure. He's the guy who threw his cloak down over the puddle.
OTB Man #2, Jerry: I used to smoke Raleigh cigarettes. They came with a free gift coupon in every pack.
Paul Benjamin: That's the man. Well, Raleigh was the person who introduced tobacco in England, and since he was a favorite of the Queen's - Queen Bess, he used to call her - smoking caught on as a fashion at court. I'm sure Old Bess must have shared a stogie or two with Sir Walter. Once, he made a bet with her that he could measure the weight of smoke.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: You mean, weigh smoke?
Paul Benjamin: Exactly. Weigh smoke.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: You can't do that. It's like weighing air.
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