Vulgar words in The Bill-Toppers (Page 1)
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"Damn your laws!" snapped Pa furiously.
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And he who had hoped, with Lily ... why, damn it, Lily knew nothing!
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Martello's evil example ended by catching hold of Pa: that's how artistes were formed, damn it!
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When he came at her with his hand lifted to strike, when he spoke of unbuckling his belt--"Damn those blasted brats!"
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"He has an easy time of it; whereas I, with my skinny kitten, damn it ...!"
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To work, to work, damn it!
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She liked the bike well enough, but those falls: oh, damn it!
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And, at last, Pa obtained a promise in writing--and signed--of an engagement in eight months' time ... at the Castle, damn it!
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damn their impudence!
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Pa thought this exclusive admiration very touching, but it wasn't what he wanted and, madness or not, damn it, he was resolved to carry out his idea to the end!
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That's what he wanted, damn it, girls who had the business in their blood and who wouldn't go whining over a professional slap or two, which he dared say he'd have to distribute to make up for lost time.
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He asked himself whether he wouldn't be compelled to get some over from Germany or else to pick up on the highroads, in the Gipsies' caravans, children with skins tanned like donkeys', a troupe of blackamoors on wheels, who, perched up on the handle-bars of the bikes, would have looked like cockroaches mounted as brooches, damn it!
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Later on, when performing, they would be entitled to a celluloid collar, satinette knickers and pumps.
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"Silly old ass!" thought Pa, with a grin.
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The sight of Pa training his star made the apprentices shake in their knickers.
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He pulled faces, clenched his fists: "Why don't you do as I say when I tell you, damn it!"
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As for himself, when he was a small boy--that was in the time when they brought up artistes, real ones, mind you; not, as nowadays, on sugar and sweets; no, real ones, on the whip and the stick, damn it!--why, the accidents which he'd seen!
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Yes, he himself, to go no farther, he could have shown them, here, there, there, here, damn it, all over his body, scars deep enough to put your finger in!
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Before his boyish little girls, before his own particular troupe, the fat freaks trembled in their knickers!
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But that josser of a Jimmy, talking like that at his ease!
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Yes, that Lillian, damn it, a winged rose!
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She had the balancing power all right; but grace, grace, damn it, to do a thing like that as though it were child's play: that's what she hadn't got!
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Pa hurried them to their dressing-room to get into their knickers, while he took off his jacket and turned up his trousers, so as to run better.
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Pa displayed so much enthusiasm--"Those Pawnees, damn it!"
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Peace was what he wanted, damn it, and not a monkey-and-parrot life!
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Damn it, Lily may be a bit of a flirt: why shouldn't she be, a pretty girl like that?
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All that she had seen and heard in her jostled existence, now came back to her, grew and sprouted in her ... now that Lily was being made love to by gentlemen, not the monkey-faces or the blue-chins, but men like Trampy, her craving for admiration oozed out of her at every pore.... Trampy!
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"But you're mad, Lily!" said Pa, without attaching too much importance to it, for he had other cares: agents to see, letters to write, business, damn it!
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Clifton, taken aback, looked at his Lily, as if to say that she was right, damn it!
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She thought herself pretty, no doubt; some booby must have been stuffing her up, making love to her, to laugh at her later on!
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Tell Lily that she was pretty and, in less than six months the little hussy would think herself a fine lady!
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I'll teach you to dance: with the clogs on your hands and your head downwards, damn it!
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And Trampy, it appeared, was making love to Lily.
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Jimmy knew what to think of the enchantments of the stage, those luminous visions which the audience admired to the tune of the orchestra: jealousies, vanities, hatreds to knock up against and calm down; recruits to put through their paces; and the whole day of it--and the whole night, too--for a few pounds a week, including the tips received from the artistes, twenty-five to forty shillings a month.
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He romanced about her, dreamed of an imperial tour, a steamer of his own, a floating Barnum's show, with Roofers, elephants, rhinoceroses, Ave Marias, dogs, monkeys, the whole boiling; and Lily starring on her bike, stopping in every port, from Liverpool to Suez, from Suez to Yokohama: down to the desert, damn it, to show the whole world what an artiste he, Clifton, he, the father, had made of his Lily!
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Lily did not feel, with her husband, that thrill which she had often noticed in other women: but she wanted to love him, stubbornly pursued the idea, fagged away at her love like a little school-girl only too anxious to learn.
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And her husband rewarded her for it by making love to the girls, poor idiot!
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"Damn you!" cried Trampy.
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She was an artiste, damn it!
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She, who had seen everything, had never come across that; but it was what she wanted, what she had been promised, damn it!
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Thousands of pounds, damn it!"
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Bike in the morning, bike at the matinée, bike in the evening; and, with that, the cooking, the washing-up ... and not a farthing in her pocket, though she had made a fortune for her Pa, damn it!
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"_My_ business, _my_ salary, damn it!" cried Lily.
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But, in her own mind: "That son of a gun of a Jimmy!" she thought.
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He runs after his pupils all day long, damn it!" said Jimmy, with a laugh.
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"He did it to please me, he did it for _me_, damn it, for _me_!" said Lily.
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"I tell you, he's behind you, damn it!
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She had her Pa's blood in her, damn it!
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Jimmy used to make love to you; now there's a man who ..." "And you used to say he was a drunkard, Ma!"
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And the proof is, here she is,--on my arm, damn it!"
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"Everybody makes love to me: why do they, Ma?
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You may be sure I have no use for a traitress like you, an idler who refuses to work, a woman who lets every man make love to her!"
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Get out of this, damn you!
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"First of all," said Lily, suddenly turning and facing her Ma; "first of all, it's your fault ... yours ... all that's happened, damn it!
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To think that he could do nothing for her, that he almost regretted having done her a service, after the short scene which he had had the day after with Trampy, blinded with jealousy, because he, Jimmy, had visited Lily during his absence; the reproaches which that simple action had earned for him: "Look here, you righter of wrongs, you who preach to others and go making love to their wives!"
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On her knees, damn it!
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And Jimmy's thousand marks ... "Damn it, let him wait!"
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Lily lost patience, threatened her with the leather belt, damn it!
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And her three years' book, with its last pages unsoiled by engagements, also gave her cause for uneasiness; and yet the acting managers must have sung her praises, in their weekly reports,--the ones who came and made love to her on the stage!
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Lily was furious: if, on those evenings, she missed a trick, she would knock Glass-Eye about when she returned to the wings, storm at the stage--"Slippery as ice, damn it!"
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She knocked up against too many people, men and women, without counting monkeys, parrots, dogs, cats, ponies, elephants; it all ended by getting mixed up in her head, like the theaters and the towns.
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Damn it, I'll have your eye out!"
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And she studied the omens with an expert air, gave an ear to passing sounds, tried to catch the meaning of them, for she had visits to pay, letters to write, business, damn it!
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She felt inclined to go and see the managers themselves, those who had made love to her on the stage, and to send in her card to them--"Miss Lily"--just to teach those jossers of agents!
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Why, damn it, she would go to Heaven itself to get the Astrarium!
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If she had only had half of it, a quarter, a quarter of a quarter, damn it!
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She would succeed by her talent, damn it, not by getting round men!
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And her Ma should beg her pardon on her knees, on her knees, damn it!
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"Money, damn it, money!
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Some received their share with an air of furious determination; others looked shy and blushed; others, again, refused, Lily among them; and it was decided to go to the "Pros' Corner," or artistes' bar, near the stage entrance, to drink up what remained: the ups and downs of life, damn it!
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The whiskies and sodas had warmed their hearts: my turn to-day, yours to-morrow, damn it!
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"We've been behaving like Dagoes, damn it!
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Lily had knocked up against everything, seen everything, heard everything, in her adventurous life; but this way of getting out of a difficulty always made her blush to her eyes.
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The architect--"You know, Lily?" said Nunkie--the architect who used to hang about on the stage, in the passages, on some pretext or other--to make love to girls, apparently--was minding everything for Harrasford!
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You know what I can do, damn it!
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"A threat of Clifton's, who said that he would 'make him dance the hornpipe on his hands, damn it!' suggested the idea of a turn to him, so they say.
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The figure staggers, falls on its hands and gives a stupendous acrobatic performance: somersaults on the hands; waltzing; treading the ball: the 'hornpipe, damn it!'
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"My life, everything, damn it!"
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And he felt within himself an increasing will of so tenacious a character that he could have swung it, so it seemed to him, like a battering-ram against the obstacle to be overcome and then: "Damn it!" he would growl, banging his fist on the table.
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And Jimmy got to work again, to forget Lily; and he kept on thinking of her: "Damn that girl!"
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The thought drove him mad: "Damn that girl!" he said to himself.
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Resolved, that she would give up saying, "Damn it!" give up talking of smackings and using vulgar expressions: "Do you hear, Glass-Eye?" she said, calling her maid to witness.
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And she, too, would become a society-girl, just to show them, damn it!
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And, with his red lips, his glittering eye and the cigar stuck in the corner of his mouth, he made love to second-rate "sisters," inferior Roofers in red calico skirts.
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Some of them ran after you like dogs; others, damn it, were icicles!
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We artistes do what we jolly well please, and we don't care a damn for the rest!"
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Of course, he would stand no nonsense about behavior; and Lily made them all laugh till the tears came about that footy rotter who made love to her in London, before the time when drink made him look so disgusting, and, when she loitered in the street with him, Pa, the moment she reached the door, caught her such a blow that she took all the steps to the basement at one jump; and there found her Ma waiting for her ... gee!
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He wore a bandage over one eye: "Knocked up against a beam ... a little accident.
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The boy-violinist and others were making love to the Three Graces, fresh troupes were being formed, three more, any number!
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'Our Lily,' that's what I'm going to be, 'our own Lily,' damn it!"
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She could not even help smiling when she saw Glass-Eye catch her foot in the dresses spread out on the floor, so much so that Lily asked her angrily if she meant to go on hopping about like that for ever, if she really wanted to have a candle lit in her glass eye to make her see that bodice, there, right in front of her nose, damn it!
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Like the story of the whippings, like those girls whom she had described to him, and herself, with all over her skin--"Here, here, damn it!"
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She would have liked to have Glass-Eye by her side, to keep her in countenance, open her bag, give her her handkerchief ... liked to be a little lady who can't do without her maid ... but, damn it, where was Glass-Eye?
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It seemed to her that, if need be, she'd have shot up to the stars, damn it!
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And that coward of a Jimmy, to obey Harrasford's order!