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  • And again, again, again
    Sped by guests carousing
    All the ribald catches burst
    Right into the bedroom,
    While one wench, as white as snow,
    To the calls and whistles
    Once more did her peahen dance
    Gliding, with hips swinging,
    Head tossed high
    And right hand waving,
    Dancing fast on cobbles—
    Just a peahen, peahen!†   (source)
  • It was he who had come in with the remark considered ribald; now he was trying to get out the other way.†   (source)
  • But "Bessa the Barmaid" won them back with its ribald lyrics.†   (source)
  • No, the queen only hints ...perhaps on the morrow, or when the wedding's done ...and then a smile, a whisper, a ribald jest ...a breast brushing lightly against his sleeve as they pass ...and yet it seems to serve.†   (source)
  • Later, in the Planky Town, the Dornishmen had toasted Quentyn's future bride, made ribald japes about his wedding night to come, and talked about the things they'd see, the deeds they'd do, the glory they would win.†   (source)
  • Spotted Pate the pig boy was the hero of a thousand ribald stories: a good-hearted, empty-headed lout who always managed to best the fat lordlings, haughty knights, and pompous septons who beset him.†   (source)
  • The daughter of the house, for example, sat on the floor cleaning a .22 rifle, telling a sophisticated and ribald story of how Specklebottom, her stallion, had leaped a five-bar corral gate and visited a mare in the next county.†   (source)
  • Jaime remembered many a feast where Emmon sat poking at his food sullenly whilst his wife made ribald jests with whatever household knight had been seated to her left, their conversations punctuated by loud bursts of laughter.†   (source)
  • Only after they had been bundled naked into bed would they be left alone, and even then the guests would stand outside the bridal chamber, shouting ribald suggestions through the door.†   (source)
  • He was an old bird, reputed to be fifty years old, and he had lived a ribald life and acquired the vigorous speech of a ship's fo'c'sle.†   (source)
  • Gotohell!" she said comically, her wrath loosened suddenly by a ribald and exasperated smile.†   (source)
  • Helen, with a smile that was half ribald, half annoyed, about her big mouth, made a face at Luke, and lifted her eyes patiently upward to God as Eliza continued.†   (source)
  • He could tell, with apparent sincerity and approval, stories of courage and honor and virtue and love in the odd places he had been, and follow them with ribald stories of coldest cynicism.†   (source)
  • The vacant idiot laughter, the ribald enthusiasm with which South Carolina or Georgia countrymen, filling a theatre with the strong smell of clay and sweat, greeted Pearl's songs, left them unwounded, pleased, eager.†   (source)
  • Audacious ribald: your laughter will finish in hideous boredom before morning.†   (source)
  • The fair girl, with a laugh of ribald coquetry, turned to answer him.†   (source)
  • You heard their ribald laugh as they clutched the moving bag that the Count threw to them.†   (source)
  • The second point is: I hate ribaldry and ribald talkers.†   (source)
  • The genial disdain of Michel Rollin, who called them impostors, was answered by him with vituperation, of which crapule and canaille were the least violent items; he amused himself with abuse of their private lives, and with sardonic humour, with blasphemous and obscene detail, attacked the legitimacy of their births and the purity of their conjugal relations: he used an Oriental imagery and an Oriental emphasis to accentuate his ribald scorn.†   (source)
  • ... CHRISTIAN (taking her hands): Now tell me why— Why, by these fearful paths so perilous— Across these ranks of ribald soldiery, You have come?†   (source)
  • And the others joining in singing ribald camping and college songs, no one of which Clyde knew, yet in which he tried to join.†   (source)
  • There was for him—and with the exception of the speech of one—Nicholson—alone, too much ribald and even brutal talk which he could not appreciate.†   (source)
  • At others—what curses—foul or coarse jests—or tales addressed to all—or ribald laughter—or sighings and groanings in these later hours when the straining spirit having struggled to silence, there was supposedly rest for the body and the spirit.†   (source)
  • 'My love,' said Mr. Micawber, much affected, 'you will forgive, and our old and tried friend Copperfield will, I am sure, forgive, the momentary laceration of a wounded spirit, made sensitive by a recent collision with the Minion of Power — in other words, with a ribald Turncock attached to the water-works — and will pity, not condemn, its excesses.'†   (source)
  • The dread in which their sort was held was apparent in the fact that everybody gave them the road, and took their ribald insolences meekly, without venturing to talk back.†   (source)
  • The naturalists of antiquity made a special study of them, and these animals furnished many ribald figures of speech for soapbox orators in the Greek marketplace, as well as excellent dishes for the tables of rich citizens, if we're to believe Athenæus, a Greek physician predating Galen.†   (source)
  • The fumes of the whiskey and the dense tobacco smoke were sickening to my senses, and my mind was equally nauseated by the coarse jokes and ribald songs around me.†   (source)
  • had he beheld ribald fellows, marching in bands of four, beneath his window, and setting him at defiance, in doublets but no shirts, hats without crowns, with wallet and bottle at their side?†   (source)
  • Men and women, boys and girls, trotted along beside or after the cart, hooting, shouting profane and ribald remarks, singing snatches of foul song, skipping, dancing—a very holiday of hellions, a sickening sight.†   (source)
  • Especially ribald talkers!†   (source)
  • For a bribe the jailer had furnished liquor to some of the prisoners; singing of ribald songs, fighting, shouting, and carousing was the natural consequence.†   (source)
  • I curled myself on the bed and went to sleep, marveling at the mind that could make such ribald jokes even as it recoiled at the thought of sleeping in the same room with me.†   (source)
  • I could hear his progress toward the kitchen, marked by shouted congratulations and ribald questions and advice.†   (source)
  • The shout came from further down the table, from a tall, brown-bearded man I didn't recognize, and was greeted with more laughter and ribald remarks.†   (source)
  • I was bendin' over [more ribald remarks]—bendin' over the manger, I say, muckin' up husks from the bottom, when I hear a sound behind me, and before I can straighten up, my kilts are tossed up round my waist, and there's something hard pressed against my arse.†   (source)
  • A ribald face, sullen as a dean's, Buck Mulligan came forward, then blithe in motley, towards the greeting of their smiles.†   (source)
  • *ribald tales
    *Avise you* now, and put me out of blame; *be warned*
    And eke men should not make earnest of game*.†   (source)
  • My Leader drew up to his side, asked him whence he was, and he replied, "I was born in the kingdom of Navarre; my mother placed me in service of a lord, for she had borne me to a ribald, destroyer of himself and of his substance.†   (source)
  • He that possesses her must keep her within bounds, not permitting her to break out in ribald satires or soulless sonnets.†   (source)
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