Vulgar words in Of Human Bondage (Page 1)
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Speak, you blockhead, speak!"
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"I don't know what they put you in his form for, Blockhead."
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Mr. Gordon said I was a club-footed blockhead."
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"Oh, don't be an ass," said Rose.
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"I say, Carey, why are you being such a silly ass?
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"It's the dream of my life to be taken for an abandoned hussy," she answered.
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"Did he make love to you?" he asked.
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He liked Miss Wilkinson very much now, and was thrilled by her conversation, but he could not imagine anyone making love to her.
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"Poor Guy, he made love to every woman he met.
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They don't know how to make love.
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Then it struck him that the art-student probably was neither the first nor the last of her lovers, and he gasped: he had never looked upon Miss Wilkinson like that; it seemed incredible that anyone should make love to her.
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He ought to make love to her.
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There was the art-student in the Rue Breda, and then there was the painter in whose family she had lived so long in Paris: he had asked her to sit for him, and had started to make love to her so violently that she was forced to invent excuses not to sit to him again.
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At all events, after what she had told him, she would not be surprised if he made love to her.
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"How beautifully you make love," she said.
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"Besides, damn the Great Victorians.
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It was known that the slut deceived Cronshaw with the most worthless ragamuffins of the Quarter, and it was a mystery to the ingenuous youths who absorbed his wisdom over a cafe table that Cronshaw with his keen intellect and his passion for beauty could ally himself to such a creature.
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And as for posterity--damn posterity."
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"I don't care a damn," said Lawson.
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"No--you see, he went for morality: I don't care a damn for morality: teaching doesn't come in, ethics and all that, but passion and emotion.
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That picture"--he pointed to Lawson's portrait--"well, the drawing's all right and so's the modelling all right, but just conventional; it ought to be drawn and modelled so that you know the girl's a lousy slut.
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"Damn El Greco," said Lawson, "what's the good of jawing about a man when we haven't a chance of seeing any of his work?"
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Some of the women looked like servant-girls, and some were painted hussies, but for the most part they were shop-girls.
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The hussies were got up to resemble the music-hall artiste or the dancer who enjoyed notoriety at the moment; their eyes were heavy with black and their cheeks impudently scarlet.
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"Ill-mannered slut," said Philip.
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He looked at her, but could think of nothing to say; he racked his brains anxiously, seeking for a remark which should keep her by him; he wanted to tell her how much she meant to him; but he did not know how to make love now that he loved in earnest.
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Except for his ridiculous vanity he would never have troubled himself with the ill-mannered slut.
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"I can't help noticing those furs, because I said to my aunt..." "I don't care a damn what you said to your aunt," he interrupted impatiently.
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"I like you when you don't want to make love to me," she told him once.
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"Damn it all, I don't want to be interesting," laughed Philip.
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He greeted Philip with enthusiasm, and with his usual volubility told him that he had come to live in London, Ruth Chalice was a hussy, he had taken a studio, Paris was played out, he had a commission for a portrait, and they'd better dine together and have a good old talk.
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You see, he didn't earn anything while he was ill, and the slut he lives with has been giving him a rotten time."
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"Oh, damn the expense.
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"He's probably making love to one of his numerous flames."
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"I don't care a twopenny damn for her.
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It was well written, frank and charming; it was the letter of a man who was used to making love to women.
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If I were a gentleman I shouldn't waste my time with a vulgar slut like you.
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I don't care a damn if you like me or not.
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His reason told him that he would get over his unhappiness in time; if he tried with all his might he could forget her; and it would be grotesque to kill himself on account of a vulgar slut.
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I don't want to frighten them, and then on the other hand I don't want to be such an ass as to ask L150 if they're quite willing to give L300.
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She don't care a damn for chivalry, do you, Sally?"
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The children are bastards, every jack one of them, and are they any the worse for that?
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"Don't be an ass.
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"The hussy!" cried Athelny, with a dramatic wave of the hand.
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The sweater's daughter--the family consisted of father, mother, two small boys, and a girl of twenty--went round the house to put out the lights when work was over, and sometimes she allowed herself to be made love to by one of the tailors.
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"Damn it all, you MUST try to get something."
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"Ungrateful hussy!" cried Athelny.
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"Damn his impudence," he chuckled to himself.
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"Damn his impudence."
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"You look rather fagged, and it's a goodish way to Ivy Lane," he said, by way of giving him an excuse not to go himself.
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"D'you suppose that after forty years' practice I care a twopenny damn whether people prefer my assistant to me?
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The work was not hard, it was done in common, in the open air, and for the children it was a long, delightful picnic; here the young men met the maidens; in the long evenings when work was over they wandered about the lanes, making love; and the hopping season was generally followed by weddings.
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"I don't care a damn about all that."