Vulgar words in Susan Lenox: Her Fall and Rise (Page 1)
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"Damn if I know!
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Damn it, I won't have it!"
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None seemed to fit this difficult case how to make love to a girl of his own class whom his conventional, socially ambitious nature forbade him to consider marrying.
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As he observed her in the moonlight, he said to himself: "I've got to look out or I'll make a damn fool of myself with her."
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"It wasn't true--what you said about Sam's making love to you?"
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"I'm a damn fool," he said to himself, "to hang about her.
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"I've been making a damn fool of myself," he said half aloud.
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"A double damn fool!
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I only made love to her a little, as a fellow does to lots of girls."
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"Not by a damn sight!" cried Warham.
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"My, but you're shootin' up!" she exclaimed, admiring the girl's tall, straight figure.
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We ain't going to have any more bastards in this family."
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"As for this here marryin'," continued Keziah, "I never allowed you'd fall so low as to take a baby, and a bastard at that."
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Eshwell was inclined to fat; Tempest was gaunt and had the hollow, burning eye that bespeaks the sentimental ass.
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I tell you, men and women ain't bad--not so damn bad--excuse me; they will slip out.
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Yes--that backwoods life, for anybody with a spark of spunk, is simply being dead and knowing it."
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Sometimes I suspect the whole damn shooting-match is nothing but a dream.
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"A damn shame to waste her on these yaps," said Eshwell.
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"We are a lot of damn fools," admitted Eshwell.
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An old optimist is an old ass.
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"You must, damn it--you must!"
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He looked the fool and jackass he is.
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Nobody respected a "bastard," as they called her when they spoke frankly.
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She liked it, having this handsome, well-dressed young man making love to her in this grand restaurant where things were so good to eat and so excitingly expensive.
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No, he had himself born a bastard in a manger."
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And he rushed at his powerful, stupid son and began to strike him in the face with his one good fist, shrieking, "Shut up, you damn fool!
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"When I get ready I'll--stop making a damn fool of myself."
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Too damn much," he added in a tone not intended for her ears.
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"Don't talk so damn much, Jeff!" he commanded with the insolence of a customer containing possibilities of large profit.
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I'm not a damn fool."
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Might as well be a boob.
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_That's_ why you're cocky."
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"Miss Tuohy's a boob.
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And afterward, with peals of laughter, she would describe to Susan how the man had acted, what an ass she had made of him.
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"I'd be a boob to marry a man with less than fifteen or twenty thousand a year, wouldn't I?" said she.
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"A damn handsome one," retorted Freddie.
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Only damn fools work--and the clever man waits till they've got something, then he takes it away from 'em.
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I manage to pick up a living in spite of the damn chippies.
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"If you don't cough up mighty damn quick," cried Maud so loudly that several passers-by stopped, "I'll do the calling myself, you bum, and have you pinched for insulting two respectable working girls."
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Yet some of 'em complain to me that they get thrown down--and others kick because you were too full--and, damn it, you act so queer that you scare 'em away.
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"I want you--I want _you_--damn you," he said, between his clinched teeth.
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"What is it," he muttered, "that's so damn peculiar about you?"
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Who was its pa, say?--the dirty little bastard--or does the wife know which one it was----" and so on.
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They learn to make love seductively; they understand how to tempt a girl's longing for finery, for an easier life, her dream of a husband above her class in looks and in earning power.
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He's a regular damn fool about me.
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"You gutter hussy, get on your clothes and clear out!"
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"Dress mighty damn quick and clear out!"
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"Those damn cops!" cursed the workingman.
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"You can damn the cops all you please to me.
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"I've not got down in the world without damn good excuse.
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He returned it with some phrases about its showing talent--one of those phrases that don't mean a damn thing.
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"I've got no money--not a damn cent.
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There ain't many that can say that--not any that runs factories and stores and holds their noses up as if they smelt their own sins, damn 'em!"
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I said fool, not ass.
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Most people, hearing what I said, would have disregarded it as merely my vanity, would have gone on with their silly judging, would have set me down as a conceited ass who by some accident had got a reputation.
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Did you hear us scrapping when we came in about five o'clock?"
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"You're the only friend in the world I give a damn for, or that gives a damn for me.
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"I'm an ass.
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"I suppose," said Brent when he was gone, "that young ass hoped I would introduce him to you and invite him to sit.
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But it takes a genius to write a clever play that'll draw the damn fools who buy theater seats.
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"You're making a damn fool of yourself--leaving a man that's fond of you--and leaving when he's successful."
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He said: "You take advantage of my being crazy about you--_damn_ you!"
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It is impossible for anyone, however stupid, to stop long in Paris without beginning to idealize the material side of life--for the French, who build solidly, first idealize food, clothing, and shelter, before going on to take up the higher side of life--as a sane man builds his foundation before his first story, and so on, putting the observation tower on last of all, instead of making an ass of himself trying to hang his tower to the stars.
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"If anyone had told me a year ago that a skirt could make a damn fool of me," said he bitterly, "I'd have laughed in his face.
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"You love him--damn you!
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"I hate you, damn you--and I love you!"