In encounters with guards and patrols he displayed the keenness of a detective and the valor of a gamin
. Obstacles fell before him and became of assistance.
"I understand," said the child, with that jeering smile which marks especially the "gamin
de Paris." "Well, we must wait."
A colourless, continuous wall ran down one flank of it, interrupted at intervals by dull-hued and dirt-stained doors, all shut fast and featureless save for the chalk scribbles of some passing gamin
. The tops of trees, mostly rather depressing evergreens, showed at intervals over the top of the wall, and beyond them in the grey and purple gloaming could be seen the back of some long terrace of tall Parisian houses, really comparatively close, but somehow looking as inaccessible as a range of marble mountains.
, and who, when we were also children ourselves, threw stones at all of us in the afternoon, when we came out of school, because our trousers were not torn--a swarm of these young scamps rushed towards the square where Gringoire lay, with shouts and laughter which seemed to pay but little heed to the sleep of the neighbors.
on the right made a furious assault on the gravel heap.
A few gamins, however, were around, in their eyes a suppressed eagerness in anticipation of wonderful and exciting things to happen.
Then quiet again, though the gamins had startled and listened, like young deer, at the sound.
After this, I think, he was as bewitching as the laddie in the barrel to her - Was he not always a laddie in the barrel himself, climbing in for apples while we all stood around, like gamins
, waiting for a bite?
There was no mention made of murder, of an underground alliance with the 'gamins
' of Paris, the dregs of humanity, prisoners, men skilled in the art of secret death."
Charles was poor and ugly, derided by Genevese gamins
, and not acceptable in drawing-rooms.
DIY skills are said to be rapidly disappearing so you might have to GAMIN
- get a man in - more often than you think.