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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ...time to time we were joined by counterpart male specimens of the genus, smart, cheap, oleaginous, European only in dress.... One of the girls took my fancy more than the rest--she seemed quieter. "She was--also deeper, slyer, more cunning and unscrupulous. As I loafed along with this gang I mentally stood aside and looked at myself--the erstwhile Civilian with his foot on a ladder that leads to titles, position, wealth, honours, and fame, now the companion and equal of mauve-faced, half-bred hussies and vulgar shopand-clerk Goanese bounders, lounging, shouting, and giggling in a public place. And enjoying myself " Yes, I was on the down grade. " Night after night I met these girls, and I soon found myself daily looking forward with eagerness to the moment when I could dismiss my form of young, second-class cads, and rush off to the wretched boarding-house I inhabited, change, and go in search of my 'friends '--the only females I had ever known.... I always walked beside the quiet one, Veronica (I called her Vera and, later on, just " V" tout court) and soon grew fond of her, or rather of her shapeliness, her great liquid eyes, her allure, her warm, sensuous fra grance, and her quaint tricks and turns of speech. Remember that Woman was a mystery to me, an unknown wonder, with all the attraction of the mysterious and unknown.... I forgot the hard little mouth when I looked at the soft great eye; I forgot the unmaidenly advances, the persistent pumpings as to my pay, prospects, and past, the hints and allusions.... " Before long it was:--" ' Oah, yess! Ai laike you veree veree moch--you are soch a naice gentlimahn. Soch a fonnee mahn! Oah, doant com with your feece soh neah, your moustache...
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