Vulgar words in The Brothers Karamazov (Page 1)
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The Old Buffoon Chapter III.
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And a pliable imagination persuaded her, we must suppose, for a brief moment, that Fyodor Pavlovitch, in spite of his parasitic position, was one of the bold and ironical spirits of that progressive epoch, though he was, in fact, an ill-natured buffoon and nothing more.
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Many even added that he was glad of a new comic part in which to play the buffoon, and that it was simply to make it funnier that he pretended to be unaware of his ludicrous position.
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Grigory accepted the blow like a devoted slave, without a word, and when he escorted the old lady to her carriage he made her a low bow and pronounced impressively that, âGod would repay her for the orphans.â âYou are a blockhead all the same,â the old lady shouted to him as she drove away.
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The Old Buffoon They entered the room almost at the same moment that the elder came in from his bedroom.
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Your reverence,â he cried, with sudden pathos, âyou behold before you a buffoon in earnest!
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I am an inveterate buffoon, and have been from birth up, your reverence, it's as though it were a craze in me.
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Indeed, I always feel when I meet people that I am lower than all, and that they all take me for a buffoon.
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So I say, âLet me really play the buffoon.
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I am not afraid of your opinion, for you are every one of you worse than I am.â That is why I am a buffoon.
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You must excuse me!â âThe devil only knows, what if he deceives us?â thought MiÃ¼sov, still hesitating, and watching the retreating buffoon with distrustful eyes.
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You Karamazovs brag of being an ancient, noble family, though your father used to run about playing the buffoon at other men's tables, and was only admitted to the kitchen as a favor.
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I won't argue, I'll fall in with everything, I'll win them by politeness, and ... and ... show them that I've nothing to do with that Ãsop, that buffoon, that Pierrot, and have merely been taken in over this affair, just as they have.â He determined to drop his litigation with the monastery, and relinquish his claims to the wood-cutting and fishery rights at once.
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He remembered his own words at the elder's: âI always feel when I meet people that I am lower than all, and that they all take me for a buffoon; so I say let me play the buffoon, for you are, every one of you, stupider and lower than I.â He longed to revenge himself on every one for his own unseemliness.
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MiÃ¼sov, my relation, prefers to have plus de noblesse que de sincÃ©ritÃ© in his words, but I prefer in mine plus de sincÃ©ritÃ© que de noblesse , andâdamn the noblesse !
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Fyodor Pavlovitch was an obstinate and cunning buffoon, yet, though his will was strong enough âin some of the affairs of life,â as he expressed it, he found himself, to his surprise, extremely feeble in facing certain other emergencies.
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It is true that at that time he was overdoing his part as a buffoon.
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Damn it all, whatever it is!
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What an ass I am!
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Brandy's all very well, but I need two bottles to make me drunk: Silenus with his rosy phiz Upon his stumbling ass.
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Foma has a room in the house of these sluts here.
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Balaam's ass has begun talking to us hereâand how he talks!
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How he talks!â Balaam's ass, it appeared, was the valet, Smerdyakov.
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The Controversy But Balaam's ass had suddenly spoken.
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Tell me this, O ass; you may be right before your enemies, but you have renounced your faith all the same in your own heart, and you say yourself that in that very hour you became anathema accursed.
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âYour words are worth a gold piece, O ass, and I'll give it to you to-day.
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The peasants are not very fond of listening to these soup-makers, so far.â âAh, brother, but a Balaam's ass like that thinks and thinks, and the devil knows where he gets to.â âHe's storing up ideas,â said Ivan, smiling.
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But, damn him, is he worth talking about so much?â âOf course he isn't.â âAnd as for the ideas he may be hatching, the Russian peasant, generally speaking, needs thrashing.
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You believe what people say, that I'm nothing but a buffoon.
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Alyosha, do you believe that I'm nothing but a buffoon?â âNo, I don't believe it.â âAnd I believe you don't, and that you speak the truth.
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Ah, I'm an ass!â burst out Fyodor Pavlovitch, striking himself lightly on the forehead.
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Damn it all, what wouldn't I do to the man who first invented God!
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You must astound them till they're fascinated, upset, ashamed that such a gentleman should fall in love with such a little slut.
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Why, damn it!
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âDamn it all, if I hadn't pulled him away perhaps he'd have murdered him.
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She's a deceitful, shameless hussy.
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And how he will laugh!â âVile slut!
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Damn it all, tell me what's happened.
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Damn it all!
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And if you don't want to, don't, damn you!
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âBuffoon!â blurted out the girl at the window.
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âYou fools and buffoons, can you ever do anything rational?â âQuite so,â I said, âcan we ever do anything rational?â For the time I turned it off like that.
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He means it only too seriously, though he is a buffoon.
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Damn him, I certainly did want to see Dmitri, but now there's no need,â said Ivan reluctantly.
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Well, damn it all, I can't stay here to be their keeper, can I?
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I say nothing of the sufferings of grown-up people, they have eaten the apple, damn them, and the devil take them all!
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So our general, settled on his property of two thousand souls, lives in pomp, and domineers over his poor neighbors as though they were dependents and buffoons.
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âI put you off with a secondary reason,â he seemed to suggest, âsimply to say something.â âDamn you!
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Damn it all!
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She only told Kuzma Kuzmitch a tale that made him laugh, and then she ran away.â âYou're lying, damn you!â roared Mitya.
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âOh, damn it!â he said.
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It's too late, damn it!
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Damn it all!
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damn it, is it my business to look after them?â In a very bad humor he went straight home, and suddenly remembered Fenya.
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âDamn it all!
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Well, I will knock them up, I will!â he muttered at each knock, fuming at himself, but at the same time he redoubled his knocks on the gate.
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âLandlord, send the shameless hussies away!â The landlord, who had been for some time past inquisitively peeping [pg 484] in at the door, hearing shouts and guessing that his guests were quarreling, at once entered the room.
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But damn it all, wait a bit!...
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And damn the details!â So spoke Mitya.
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Damn it, never mind!â âYou have forgotten to mention it,â observed the investigating lawyer.
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damn it all, gentlemen!
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Damn it all, gentlemen!
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Damn Kalganov and his clothes, too!â It was a long time before they could persuade him.
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âDamn it all!
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âHow do you mean?â faltered Nikolay Parfenovitch, âwhen at five o'clock on the same day, from your own confessionââ [pg 552] âDamn five o'clock on the same day and my own confession!
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From bravado perhaps ... at having wasted so much money.... To try and forget that money I had sewn up, perhaps ... yes, that was why ... damn it ... how often will you ask me that question?
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Damn you, you torturers!â He bent his head, and hid his face in his hands.
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There's another blockhead, that peasant there.
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I know him, but what do you make of himâa mountebank, a buffoon?â âOh, no; there are people of deep feeling who have been somehow crushed.
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âI'm not such an ass as to go hunting about the town for other people's dogs when I've got a dog of my own!
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But Ilusha could not bear to see his father fooling and playing the buffoon.
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But Kolbasnikov is savage with every one now like a green ass.
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The third-class fellows wrote an epigram on it: Astounding news has reached the class, Kolbasnikov has been an ass.
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One can dream the most delightful things, but real life is a bore.â But he'll be married soon for all that; he's been making love to me already.
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âDamn it all!
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Damn it all!
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Rakitin knows a lot, damn him!
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Damn ethics, I am done for, Alexey, I am, you man of God!
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I've heard of him as a savant, but what sort I don't know.â âWell, damn him, then!
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But there, damn the fellow, he can put in a tinge if he likes, I don't care.
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The fact of it is ... if you take it as a whole, I am sorry to lose Godâthat's why it is.â âWhat do you mean by âsorry to lose Godâ ?â âImagine: inside, in the nerves, in the headâthat is, these nerves are there in the brain ... (damn them!)
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there are sort of little tails, the little tails of those nerves, and as soon as they begin quivering ... that is, you see, I look at something with my eyes and then they begin quivering, those little tails ... and when they quiver, then an image appears ... it doesn't appear at once, but an instant, a second, passes ... and then something like a moment appears; that is, not a momentâdevil take the moment!âbut an image; that is, an object, or an action, damn it!
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But damn it all, it doesn't matter!
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âNot him, damn the monster!â Ivan shouted, in a frenzy.
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That's why I told you to get out of harm's way, that you might understand that there would be trouble in the house, and would remain at home to protect your father.â âYou might have said it more directly, you blockhead!â Ivan suddenly fired up.
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And when I explained those knocks to you, by means of which one could go in to the deceased, and that Dmitri Fyodorovitch knew them all through me, I thought that you would [pg 687] guess yourself that he would be sure to do something, and so wouldn't go to Tchermashnya even, but would stay.â âHe talks very coherently,â thought Ivan, âthough he does mumble; what's the derangement of his faculties that Herzenstube talked of?â âYou are cunning with me, damn you!â he exclaimed, getting angry.
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You didn't understand it.â âWhat reproach?â âWhy, that foreseeing such a calamity you deserted your own father, and would not protect us, for I might have been taken up any time for stealing that three thousand.â âDamn you!â Ivan swore again.
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