Be a lawyer's clerk and rot
here--in some such place as this?
The world's all rot, and there ain't no sense in it.
I been thinking you over, you and your war and your Empire and all the rot of it.
I was taken prisoner by one of those chaps, carried off to their beastly village and very nearly murdered by a chap who seemed to be a cross between an executioner and a high-priest, and who kept dancing round me, singing a lot of rot
and pointing a knife at me.
I shall leave masterpieces alone and do hack-work - jokes, paragraphs, feature articles, humorous verse, and society verse - all the rot
for which there seems so much demand.
Cannot an honest pavior perform his work in peace, and get his money for it, and his living by it, without others talking rot
about ambition and hopes of fame?
I might as well rot
and die here in Oakland as anywhere else.
Iron, if kept at the ironmonger's, will rust; beer, if not brewed in the right state of the atmosphere, will sour; timber of ships will rot
at sea, or if laid up high and dry, will strain, warp and dry-rot
; money, if kept by us, yields no rent and is liable to loss; if invested, is liable to depreciation of the particular kind of stock.
Pox o' your sorrow," says Western; "it will do me abundance of good when I have lost my only child, my poor Sophy, that was the joy of my heart, and all the hope and comfort of my age; but I am resolved I will turn her out o' doors; she shall beg, and starve, and rot
in the streets.
Many never become sweet; they rot
even in the summer.
I've been thinking what rot
it is to go doing things by halves
That's their way, while our kind let the crops rot
knee-deep under the trees.