It is indeed disreputable
for those who are equal, or nearly so, to the enemy, to endeavour to take refuge within their walls--but since it very often happens, that those who make the attack are too powerful for the bravery and courage of those few who oppose them to resist, if you would not suffer the calamities of war and the insolence of the enemy, it must be thought the part of a good soldier to seek for safety under the shelter and protection of walls more especially since so many missile weapons and machines have been most ingeniously invented to besiege cities with.
Nevertheless, I put my light out early, and sat a long time peeping through my blind; but only an inevitable Tom, with back hunched up and tail erect, broke the moonlit profile of the back-garden wall; and once more that disreputable
music (which none the less had saved my life) was the only near sound all night.
Our music consisted of the well-mixed strains of a melodeon which was a little asthmatic and apt to catch its breath where it ought to come out strong, a clarinet which was a little unreliable on the high keys and rather melancholy on the low ones, and a disreputable
accordion that had a leak somewhere and breathed louder than it squawked--a more elegant term does not occur to me just now.
He told me with grim humour of the time he had spent acting as guide to Cockneys who wanted to see the night side of life in Paris; it was an occupation that appealed to his sardonic temper and somehow or other he had acquired a wide acquaintance with the more disreputable
quarters of the city.
He should not forget, they said, that his father and mother were gentlefolk, and painting wasn't a serious profession; it was Bohemian, disreputable
You should choose, once for all, between disreputable
women, and respectable ones, or you are sure to get mixed.
The boarded-up shop was dark and depressing beyond words, the few scandalous hiring machines had never looked so hopelessly disreputable
To hang about a stable, and collect a gang of the most disreputable
dogs to be found in the town, and lead them out to march round the slums to fight other disreputable
dogs, is Montmorency's idea of "life;" and so, as I before observed, he gave to the suggestion of inns, and pubs.
Augustus--you know my disreputable
brother--such a trial to us all--well, Augustus is completely infatuated about her.
The man would soon show himself disreputable
enough to make people disbelieve him.
One was a young man in a worn and ragged uniform of the British Royal Air Forces, the other, a young woman in the even more disreputable
remnants of what once had been trim riding togs.
As they were seated in the priest's hut one afternoon a rough knock fell upon the door which was immediately pushed open to admit as disreputable
a band of ruffians as ever polluted the sight of man.
The animal was well past kitten-hood, lank, thin, disreputable
Monty may have been disreputable
enough, I've no doubt he was; but his going away and staying there all these years was a piece of noble unselfishness.
So White Fang hung around the landing with the disreputable
gang of Indian dogs, waiting for steamers.