Vulgar words in Judith of Blue Lake Ranch (Page 1)
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POKER FACE AND A WHITE PIGEON XVII.
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"Damn you," shouted Trevors, "get out!"
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Any time you ketch me working for a female girl that can't ride a horse 'thout falling off, that can't see a pig stuck 'thout fainting, that can't walk a mile 'thout getting laid up, that can't..." "Slow up there!" called Judith.
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I don't know just exactly how old she was ten years ago, women folks being so damn' tricky in the looks of their ages, but I'd say she was eight or nine or ten or eleven years old.
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"You're shouting, Poker Face," nodded Carson with vehemence.
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"What are you doing about it, Carson?" asked the man whose unusually vacuous expression gave him his name of Poker Face.
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She said "Damn" upon occasions when Mrs. Langworthy was there to hear; she rode her horse at a gallop into the yard and right up to the veranda when Mrs. Langworthy was there to see, swinging down as her mount jerked to standstill, as "ladylike" about it all as a wild Comanche; at table she talked of prize boars and sick calves and other kindred vulgar matters.
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Carson, coming to her upon a bit of ranch business, remarked dryly before taking his departure, that a report had got around among his men--Poker Face had mentioned it to him--that Blue Lake ranch was on its last legs; that it was even to be doubted, if the men ever saw another pay-day before the whole affair went into a receiver's hands.
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"Lie down, damn it!" cried Bud Lee to the girl at his side, as again there came the flash from the cliffs off to the right and as again he answered it with his rifle.
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"Damn the girl!" cried Lee angrily.
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"Well, I won't blame her so damn much.
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He had been interrupted at the crucial point in a game of cribbage with Poker Face and the cattleman's weak spot was cribbage.
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Carson, who seldom lost his poise with one-half of his brain still given over to the hand he meant to play with Poker Face, merely sighed and shook his head.
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"I'm real busy down at the bunk-house, Mr. Hampton," at last came his quiet answer, "where me an' Poker Face is figuring out something important.
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XVI POKER FACE AND A WHITE PIGEON Mrs. Simpson had made a discovery.
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"Tell me," demanded Judith, looking at her cattleman with intent eagerness, "what do you know about Poker Face?"
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"And keep your eyes on Poker Face.
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Just got in a few moments ago, Poker Face said."
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"I'm a jackass," he said fervently.
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Only," and he wrinkled his brows at her, "where does Poker Face come in?
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Maybe it isn't Poker Face, and maybe it is."
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And, still with that puzzled frown in his eyes, he went to watch Poker Face and the new man.
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And Poker Face, the man with whom he delighted to play a game of cards--it was almost as though Carson himself had come under suspicion.
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It was Poker Face.
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"No," Poker Face answered, to a sharp question from the persistent Carson.
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Donley hesitated, his eyes running from her to the other faces about him, resting longest upon the expressionless, dead-looking eyes of Poker Face.
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Poker Face told me."
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"Who told you that his name was Poker Face?"
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"How did you know this man was called Poker Face?
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Donley's eyes went again, furtive and swift, to Poker Face.
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Poker Face gave no sign.
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Judith asked then of Poker Face, turning suddenly on him.
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"No," said Poker Face.
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But Judith was giving her attention to Poker Face now.
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Poker Face looked unconcerned.
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"I'll tell you one thing, stranger," Bud Lee was saying to him softly, as his hand tore open Donley's shirt, "you open your dirty mouth to cuss just once more in Miss Sanford's presence and I'll ruin the looks of your face for you.
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Poker Face, still looking on, gave no sign of interest.
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Poker Face, have you anything else to say for yourself?"
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"No," answered Poker Face.
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When all was done he filled his pipe slowly and turned troubled eyes after Poker Face.
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"Damn it," muttered Lee.
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Carson took swift stock of such clothes as he had never suspected a good horse foreman owned, and gasped faintly: "The damn...
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"Your ol' nose smell the booze damn' queek, no?"
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They all treats a man similar----" "Damn it," growled Lee irritably, "can't you tell me what Weaver said?"
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An' a skeerd-o-your-life damn bluff."
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"Damn if I do!" he blurted out.
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When Quinnion started his talk--oh, it's a song an' dance about you an' her all alone in some damn cabin, trying to crawl out'n the looks of things by accusin' Quinnion of tryin' to shoot you up!--well, folks jus' laughed at him.
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"Damn you," he muttered, trying to rise, and slowly getting to his feet with the aid of a chair, "I'll get you----" Then Bud Lee gave his brief explanation, cutting Quinnion's ugly snarl in two.
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I have damn near killed him for it; I am going to give him ten minutes to get out of town.
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"Damn him," he growled deep in his throat when Hampton had ridden out with word to shift one of the herds into a fresh pasture, an act on which Carson had already decided, "some day I'll just take him between my thum' an' finger an' anni-hilate him."
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It makes me sick, damn throwin'-up sick."
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Stan' off all you damn please; I've come to tame you, you little beauty of the big innocent eyes!"
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And he can have you then an' damn welcome to him!"
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Fagged out and eager as she was, she had not come to the point of forgetting what a great forest-fire meant.
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"You want to take a good look at ol' Poker Face," he chuckled.
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"You damn' fool," he said growlingly to Hampton, "look what you've done."
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"Of course I'm a damn fool," replied Hampton, by now his old cheerful self.
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This man and that might be rounded up, Shorty and Benny and Poker Face, and if any of them talked--which perhaps none of them would--at most they would say that they had no orders from anybody but Quinnion.
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"Damn it," he shouted, "whose fight is this but mine and Lee's?
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"I've got you, damn you.