Vulgar words in Aylwin (Page 1)
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"_Father!_" she cries, and away she bolts like a greyhound; and I know'd at oust as she wur under a cuss.
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No offence, Mr. Blyth, it isn't your fault you was born one; but,' continued the girl, holding up the foaming tankard and admiring the froth as it dropped from the rim upon her slender brown hand on its way to the floor, 'Winnie Wynne was the only one on 'em, Gorgio or Gorgie, ever I liked, and that upset me, _that_ did, to see that 'ere beautiful cretur a-grinnin' and jabberin' under a cuss.
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The Romanies is gittin' too fond by half o' the Gorgios, and will soon be jist like mumply Gorgios themselves, speckable and silly; but Gorgio or Gorgie, she was the only one on 'em ever I liked, was Winnie Wynne; and when she turned round on me like _that_, with them kind eyes o' hern (such kind eyes _I_ never seed afore) lookin' like _that_ at me (and I know'd she was under a cuss)--I tell you,' she said, still addressing the beer, 'that it's made me fret ever since--that's what it's done!'
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"Gorgio cuss never touched Romany," as my mammy, as had the seein' eye, used to say.'
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'Well,' said she, when I had stopped to look round, 'it's my belief as the cuss is a-workin' now, and'll have to spend itself.
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It'll have to spend itself, though, that cuss will, I'm afeard.'
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It's a dead man's cuss, and what's wuss, him as is cussed is dead and out of the way, and so it has to be worked out in the blood of his child.
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The cuss is on her wuss nor ever, judgin' from the gurn and the flash of her teeth.'
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'Euri knowed her by sight,' said Sinfi, 'but didn't know about her bein' under the cuss, so he jist let her pass, sayin' to hisself, "She looks jist like a crazy wench this mornin', does Winnie Wynne."
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'Well, brother, bein' very fond o' me, _that_ made her very fond o' _all_ Romanies; and though she took agin me at fust, arter the cuss, as she took agin you because we was her closest friends (that's what Mr. Blyth said, you know, they allus do), she wouldn't take agin Romanies in general.
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'Well, you know,' said Sinfi, 'anybody as is under the cuss is half with the sperrits and half with us, and so can tell the _real_ "dukkerin'."
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Only it's bad for a Romany to have another Romany in the "place" as is under the cuss; but it don't matter a bit about having a Gorgio among your breed as is under a cuss; for Gorgio cuss can't never touch Romany.'
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There's two things as keeps _her_ alive: there's the cuss, as says she's got to beg her bread, and there's the dukkeripen o' the Golden Hand on Snowdon, as says she's got to marry you.'
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'I knowed the cuss 'ud ha' to ha' its way in the blood, like the bite of a sap' [snake], she murmured to herself.
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'P'raps that's all the better for her an' you: the new thief takes the cuss.'
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And now mark my words, that cuss o' your feyther's'll work itself out.
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You're not the fust shiny gent," sez I, "as 'ez followed 'er 'um, I can tell you,--not the fust by a long way; but up to now," sez I, "I've allus managed to send you all away with a flea in your ears, cuss you for a lot of wicious warm exits, young and old," sez I, "an' if you don't get out," sez I--"My good woman, you mistake my attentions," sez 'e.
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I knocked up the landlord of the 'White Hart,' and, turning into bed, slept my first peaceful sleep since my trouble.
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If I wur on'y 'arf as drunk as you are the coppers 'ud 'a' run _me_ in hours ago; cuss 'em, an' their favouritin' ways.'
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That's what I sez to Poll Onion (she's downstairs at this werry moment a-warmin' me a drop o' beer); it was 'er as showed you upstairs, cuss 'er for a fool; an' she can tell you the same thing as I'm a-tellin' on you.'
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Cuss 'em all; they's all bad alike about purty gals, men is.
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And that ain't the wust on it, for when the real dukkerin' leaves you it turns into a kind of a cuss, and it brings on the bite of the Romany Sap.
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I told you as the rocks, an' the trees, an' the winds, an' the waters cuss us when we goes ag'in the Romany blood an' ag'in the dukkerin' dook.
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The cuss that the rocks, an' the trees, an' the winds, an' the waters makes, an' sends it out to bite the burk [Footnote] o' the Romany as does wrong--that's the Romany Sap.'
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A Romany can feel the bite of a sap whether it's made o' flesh an' blood or not, and the Romany Sap's all the wuss for not bein' a flesh-and-blood sap, for it's a cuss hatched in the airth; it's everythink a-cussin' on ye--the airth, an' the sky, an' the dukkerin' dook.'
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Her daddy says she's under a cuss.
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She did cut it out when she took the cuss on herself.
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You may pass the cuss on to me if you can.'
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'Oh, never fear,' said Sinfi; 'Gorgio cuss can't touch Romany.
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"No harm can't come on it," says she, "because a Gorgio cuss can't touch a Romany."
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'You know about me takin' the cuss?' she said in astonishment.
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'Gorgio cuss can't touch Romany, they say, but it did touch me.
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What I sez to myself when I made up my mind to take the cuss on me wur this: "I'll make her dukkeripen come true; I'll take her to him in Wales, and then we'll part.
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I've been thinkin' a good deal about sich things since I took that cuss on me.