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Other tribesmen the devil-devil doctors tabooed against eating shark, or handling turtle, or contacting with crocodiles or the fossil remains of crocodiles, or from ever being smirched by the profanity of a woman's touch or of a woman's shadow cast across the path.
So leaving the troubles and temptations of Irvine behind, he carried home a smirched name to his father's house.
The inner circle train from the City rushed impetuously out of a black hole and pulled up with a discordant, grinding racket in the smirched twilight of a West-End station.
And she had destroyed herself, crushed by an insult that had appalled and amazed that childish soul, had smirched that angel purity with unmerited disgrace and torn from her a last scream of despair, unheeded and brutally disregarded, on a dark night in the cold and wet while the wind howled.
39) Initially the Athenaeum praised the force and beauty of Browning's poem (if also remarking on its painful details), ranking it high among Browning's works, (40) but then John Addington Symonds condemned the work's "vulgarity" and resemblance to a penny dreadful,"' expressing repugnance for its echoes of The Ring and the Book: "Though these characters may be said to be something like Guido and Pompilia over again, what was perfect in Pompilia is smirched and hardened to the exclusion of all sympathy here.