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fundamentally antipathetic

I heard you say that you thought Swann clever. I must say, to my mind, his cleverness was greatly exaggerated, but without speaking of the character of the man, which I have always found fundamentally antipathetic, sly, underhand, I have often had him to dinner on Wednesdays.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain
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and will not

And I can put up with anything, except being bored. That, I cannot and will not stand!
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain
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you’ll die

At any rate you will both find something to eat here. Féterne is starvation corner. Oh, by the way, if you like rats, go there at once, you will get as many as you want. And they will keep you there as long as you are prepared to stay. Why, you’ll die of hunger. I’m sure, when I go there, I shall have my dinner before I start.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain
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little keepsake

She’s full of fun. She never leaves a hotel without doing something first in a wardrobe or a drawer, just to leave a little keepsake with the chambermaid who will have to wipe it up.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain

Confessions of a Scoundrel

David Cain - author, photgrapher, rapscallion

Confessions of a Scoundrel
Literary Erotica
by Lord Malinov

I fell for Valerie the moment I saw her.

I had only been at Rick’s party for about five minutes when Steph waved at me from across the room. Rick liked his parties busy, and so I had to struggle through the crowd to reach my friends. Just as Steph reached out to offer me a hug, Brian turned around. I bumped hard into him, pushing him against a pretty girl I’d never seen before. Wine sloshed over the girl’s hand. A faint purple stain spread over the white denim of her skirt.

“Aah!” the girl squealed in a mixture of anger and surprise. Brian cursed at me. Horrified, I babbled embarrassed apologies to anyone who would listen.

After muttering a few words under her breath, the girl looked up at me, shooting me a ferocious glare. Liz says I looked…

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a certain order

It is curious that a certain order of secret actions has the external effect of a manner of speaking or gesticulating which reveals them.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain
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strawberry-juice

But on hearing M. de Charlus say in that shrill voice and with that smile and waving his arms: “No, I preferred its neighbour, the strawberry-juice,” one could say: “There, he likes the stronger sex,” with the same certainty as enables a judge to sentence a criminal who has not confessed, a doctor a patient suffering from general paralysis who himself is perhaps unaware of his malady but has made some mistake in pronunciation from which one can deduce that he will be dead in three years.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain
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only seventeen

I can’t imagine what you find attractive in Rivebelle, it’s infested with mosquitoes. You are thinking perhaps of the reputation of the rock-cakes. My cook makes them far better. I can let you have them, here, Norman rock-cakes, the real article, and shortbread; I need say no more. Ah! If you like the filth they give you at Rivebelle, that I won’t give you, I don’t poison my guests, Sir, and even if I wished to, my cook would refuse to make such abominations and would leave my service. Those rock-cakes you get down there, you can’t tell what they are made of. I knew a poor girl who got peritonitis from them, which carried her off in three days. She was only seventeen. It was sad for her poor mother,” added Mme. Verdurin with a melancholy air beneath the spheres of her temples charged with experience and suffering.
Marcel Proust, Cities of the Plain