Vulgar words in Changing Winds - A Novel (Page 1)
This book at a glance
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"Damn the fear!"
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"Damn it, Henry, he'd desecrate it!
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("Damn it, is it my money or is it not?" said Ninian when the rule was proposed, and "Fined sixpence for cheek!"
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"Funny ass!" he said at last, and then they scragged him again for being cheeky.
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You blubbed the last time and made me feel an awful ass!" he persisted.
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"Shut up, Ninian, you ass!" said Henry, turning away.
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That ass, Ninian'll be sure to laugh if I tell him!"
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"Sloppy ass!" said Ninian, and then he added excitedly, "Oh, I say, plaice and dabs and a lobster ... a whopping big lobster!
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"You're supposed to have an awful lot of tact if you're an ambassador, and I'm rather an ass at tact!"
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Ninian did not like to ask his uncle George to "chuck it," nor did he care to tell him that he was making a frightful ass of himself, and so he did not answer, and the beaming old gentleman felt that he had impressed the lad....
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Ninian's chief horror was of "making an ass" of himself.
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Only, don't talk like a soppy ass again, will you?
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Now, at Trinity you'll crawl on your belly to no one but your God, an' you'll do damn little of that if you're any sort of man at all!"
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"It 'ud be a damn sight better to live for Ireland," he exclaimed angrily.
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_My dear old ass,_ Gilbert wrote, _why grizzle and grouse at the Bally Awful!
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"My brother went to London once and he saw people making love in public ... fellows and girls hugging each other in the street and sprawling about in the parks ... all over each other ... and no one took any notice.
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Ninian had called him a sloppy ass!...
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"Good Lord!" he said aloud, "what an ass I am!"
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Damn it, Henry, are you a fool or what?
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I'm a hefty fellow, John Marsh, for all I'm the age I am, an' I know what it is to feel damn near silly with desire.
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"I've been down the lanes of a summer night, an' seen young girls from the farms about, with fine long hair hangin' down their backs, an' them smilin' an' lovely ... an' begod, I've had to hurry past them, hurry hard, damn near run!...
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Little greedy, grubbin' blighters, livin' for their Easter offerin's, an' doin' damn little for their money.
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What I want to say is this: the Catholic church'll never be worth a damn in Ireland or anywhere else, 'til its priests are gentlemen.
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No church is worth a damn unless its priests are gentlemen!"
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Begod, John Marsh, if you were a father you wouldn't ask such a damn silly question.
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It seems so damn silly.
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He read some of it to me last night when I was brushing my teeth which is a damn dangerous thing to do, and I had to clout his head severely for him.
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Please thank her for me, and give my love to Mary and Gilbert, and tell him not to be an old ass, yapping like that in church.
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Of course, she was only a kid, as Ninian himself would say, but then he had made love to her, and anyhow she would be less of a kid now than she was when he last saw her....
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"Oh, damn Ireland," he said out loud.
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"Funny ass!" said Ninian.
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When Mary's not spouting stuff about 'love' and 'dove' and 'heaven above' and that sort of rot, Gilbert's reading his damn play to me!"
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Still making an ass of itself?"
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She poured out tea for them as if she were a new governess, and she reproved Ninian once for saying "Damn!" when he dropped his bread and butter.... "Mary's turned pi!" said Ninian.
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"Damn and blast him," he said.
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"He always upsets mother, damn him!"
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He's that kind of ass!
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It was on the tip of Henry's tongue to say something about Ninian's belief in democracy, for he remembered that Gilbert, in one of his letters, had declared that Ninian had become a I'm-as-good-as-you-and-a-damn-sight-better-politician, but he did not say it.
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Anybody can see she isn't happy, and Uncle Peter isn't happy, and between them they make us damn miserable.
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Unless the man's a sentimental ass.
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He could hear Ninian, half laughing, half growling, as he shouted, "Don't be an old ass, Mary!"
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He had not answered her letters and he had made love to Sheila Morgan.
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"I suppose," he said to himself, "I'd be at Ballymartin now, making love to Sheila, if it hadn't been for that horse!"
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Gilbert stood back from the carriage and waved his hand to him, and Henry leant with his head through the window of his carriage, smiling.... "Damn Trinity," he said, sitting back in his seat, and letting depression envelop him.
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"Damn and blast Trinity!..."
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"Damn it, Galway, do you think a man like Plunkett would let a lot of fiddling schoolmasters knock him off his balance?"
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And he ought to be educated in Ireland, and he would be if Trinity were worth a damn.
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Roger asked me not to be an ass when I told him of it.
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Damned ass, that chap!_ _Alexander sent my comedy back.
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"Root the damn thing up," Mr. Quinn shouted at him, "an' don't let me see another about the place or I'll shoot the boots off you!
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"A man mightn't be worth a damn to you one day, an' he'd mebbe be worth millions to you the next!"
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The kind of romantic slush that a young fellow throws off when he first realises that women are ... well, women, damn it!
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Some people makes a point of eatin' nothin' at all when they're crossin' the Channel, but they're sick all the same, an' they damn near throw off their insides.
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"Ridiculous ass!" said Gilbert.
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"I haven't got a tanner, damn it," Gilbert snapped, "and I'm looking for the human note.
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Aren't you a damn little mechanic with a screw-driver for a soul!..."
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"Don't be an old ass," said Ninian.
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"Yes, yes ... any damn thing ... only get off my chest!
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Damn silly, I call it!"
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Either we damn them excessively or we praise them excessively.
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Your characters," he added, turning to Henry, "go about, splashing in their emotions as if they were trick swimmers or ... or damn little journalists.
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You are so eager to vent your own views that you won't let any one else vent his...." "What's the good of venting your views if they're wrong, damn it!" said Gilbert.
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The fellow who dithers about it as if he'd invented a new philosophy on the day he first slept with a woman, is a dirty, neurotic ass.
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I know because she damn near ruined me over cream buns once."
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I never saw a chap look such an ass!"
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He says _it's a splendid comedy_ ... so it is ... _as good as Oscar Wilde at his best_ ... oh, better, damn it, better ... and will I _please come and see him on Friday morning at eleven o'clock_ ...
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The thing he's doing now is no damn good, and he'll probably take it off soon.
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"Damn good title, too," said Gilbert.
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I don't believe I shall ever do another book...." "Silly ass!"
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The people lie about like logs, and ... damn them, they won't move!"
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Damn it, here we are, two healthy young fellows who ought to be working hard, and we're wasting a fine morning in gabbling about women...." "Not women, Gilbert!
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"Don't be an old ass!"
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That's damn funny!
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"I don't want to see the damn play.
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P'raps you'll change your mind, Quinn, and come with me to the Empire after you've had another dose of this damn play.
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I'm getting on in years, ole f'la, that's what I'm doing ... sere and yellow, so to speak ... and a chap my age doesn't want to be bothered with a damn play.
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That she should use him to keep her sottish husband entertained while she made love to Gilbert, filled him with a sensation that came near to hatred of her.
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Damn it all, Quinny, it's a sentimental place for a heart-to-heart talk, isn't it?"
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Shell keep me making love to her when I ought to be working.
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God damn women, Quinny!"
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I hopped on to the 'bus and went for a fourpenny ride on it, so's I could touch the damn thing ... and I very nearly told the conductor who I was.
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Why even that dull ass, Richardson, makes you understand more about his period than Lecky does!"
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"Yes," Ninian answered, "he said I wasn't such an ass as he'd thought I was.
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"But, damn it, why?" said Ninian.
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He didn't tell us 'til he'd got to the door, and then he damn well hooked it!"
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You're right ... this bacon is salt, damn it!"
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"Damn," he said to himself, "I've just remembered what I was going to say to him!"
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Jimphy wanted to know why it was that he and Henry had not met again since the night that "Cecily let a chap in for a damn play," and reminded him of their engagement to visit the Empire together.
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My object is to get rid of slums, not to go and live in the damn things and encourage slum-owners by paying rent regularly.
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If you'll excuse me sayin' it, sir, it was a damn silly thing to do!"
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"My God," he said, "what an ass I was to do that!"
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"You do do some damn funny things, Quinny!" said Gilbert, going to the sideboard and getting out the whisky.
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When I die, they'll put on my tombstone, '_He was born in debt, he lived in debt, he died in debt, and he didn't care a damn.
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Henry fumbled with the key and muttered, "Damn this door, it won't open!"
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I won't go and meet her to-morrow, damn her!
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"Damn, my hands are wet," he said aloud, and picked up a towel.
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"But, damn it, she can't have gone down," Henry said, "she's a Belfast boat ... she can't have gone down!"
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God damn it, what's the sense of a thing like this!
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You were making love to Ninian last night!..."
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"Damn it, can't you be serious!" he shouted at her.