Examples from Fantomas translated ;
1. A Nest of Spies
"At Reims, the compartments disgorged the dragoons pell-mell..."
1.2 "He was a perfect specimen of the unsettled type of human
being, savagely enamoured of liberty...." "Clic-clac ! A
bullet in his heart, and he remains on the spot."
1.3 "If red's the winner there will be a present for you ! Hurry
off now and bring up my trousers !"
1.4 "His adversaries were those who keep in the shade and never
come into the open for a face-to-face tussle." - "I
greatly need speech with you, monsieur."
"..bestriding my faithful bike..."
"He had got me the rogue, and jolly tight too!"
"An odd thing life ! An odd thing and a repulsive!"
"So champing his bit, Fandor had stood his ground."
"Punctual to a tick and in uniform ! "
"By Jove ! The company is not prodigal of footwarmers, that's
Though nothing of a sailor in a nautical sense, Juve took his duckings
"The old termagent traversed the waiting room to get her ticket
2. A Limb of Satan
2.1 "Lend me a yellow boy... it's not just for larks, I tell
you, it's for biz."
2.2 "Like many Americans, he carried at his buttonhole a miniature
U.S.A. flag in enamelled porcelain..."
2.3 "Stay lying down, I tell you !:" he ordered in a furious
voice : "have you no nose ?"
2.4 "The offer of partnership thus formulated by the young slut
was just the sort of thing to appeal to the old usurer."
2.5 "Fandor was exhausted yet restless from over-fatigue and
excitement. His body rested but his tongue clacked..."
3. Slippery as Sin
3.1 "The spurious ragamuffin entered the grocer's shop, and drawing
some loose change from his pocket to inspire confidence, asked for
quite a number of spices which he wished ground to powder. "
3.2 "He is a bad egg, and as like his mother as two peas,"
she had assured herself. "He's a hardy plant like myself."
3.3 "The others stared at this queer fish who doubted what all
Putney was sure of."
3.4 "What do you say to a sausage, Ralph ?"
3.5 "Charley was about to expatiate on his bargains when Mrs.
Davis gave Sigissimons a significant glance."
3.6 `Before dispatching my wire, I must turn conjecture into certitude."
Major texts ; The criminal mind, Beaumome in jail. "The hooligan
had been prostrate for a while, grinding his teeth in a dull fury.
Then his reckless law-hating temperament asserted itself and he kicked
up a shindy fit for Bedlam. Seized by the collar, he had been jerked
into a cell, raising Cain the while.... Beaumome laughed and sniggered
: he swallowed copious bumpers of delicious gin."