Here I was, doing dirty work
for three men that I looked down upon, and one of whom, at least, should have hung upon a gallows; that was for the present; and as for the future, I could only see myself slaving alongside of negroes in the tobacco fields.
, dirty work
," Billy muttered over and over; and, though he saw much that occurred, assisted by the friendly Irishman he was coolly and safely working Saxon back out of the melee.
It was rather dirty work
, but it was a great delight to them.
He looked back rapidly, looked down the avenue of a squalid and unlovely life, saw himself the child of drink-sodden and brutal parents, remembered the Board School with its unlovely surroundings, his struggles at a dreary trade, his running away and the fierce draughts of delight which the joy and freedom of the sea had brought to him on the morning when he had crept on deck, a stowaway, to be lashed with every rope-end and to do the dirty work
of every one.
Somebody's got to do the dirty work
, and it might as well be you.
How inexpressibly different in these domestic arrangements from such as she had read about -- from abbeys and castles, in which, though certainly larger than Northanger, all the dirty work
of the house was to be done by two pair of female hands at the utmost.
"I've waited on you hand and foot, done dirty work
for you, put up with your ill-humours and your tyranny, and never grumbled.
All you have done is to make murder easy for others; to get others to do the dirty work
, and then shelter them and share the gain; all you need have on your conscience is every ife that was lost with the Lady Jermyn, and every soul that lost itself in losing them.
"For, look you, they dream of making lucky voyages which will bring them more money, of becoming the mates of ships, of finding fortunes--in short, of being in a better position for preying on their fellows, of having all night in, good grub and somebody else to do the dirty work
. You and I are just like them.
'They will come; it's the dirty work
I think, sir--at least I don't know what it is, sir, but it's not my fault.'
Of course I've taken the profits from the gouging and, thanks to you, gentlemen, without having personally to do the dirty work
. You did that for me--oh, believe me, not because I am more virtuous than you, but because my good father and his various brothers left me a lot of money with which to pay for the dirty work
Of certain other achievements it would be going too far to say that he was ashamed of them for Newman had never had a stomach for dirty work
. He was blessed with a natural impulse to disfigure with a direct, unreasoning blow the comely visage of temptation.
"And I'm to do the dirty work
?" Liverpool complained, while Tarwater's heart sank.
A conviction began to steal over him that in some way he was being played with, that some game was afoot which he did not understand, that--in a word--there was dirty work
at the cross-roads.
"There's something in that," said he, "although I do congratulate the insurance people on getting a man of your class to do their dirty work
. And I congratulate myself," he was quick enough to add, "on having you to see me through as bad a night as I've had for a long time.