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  • But the last one, an old rag-picker with a broken shoulder-blade, had been disposed of, and the first fragrant smoke wreaths had begun to curl about his head, when the gong of a hurrying ambulance came through the open window from the street, followed by the inevitable entry of the stretcher with its ghastly freight.


  • His garments might have been discarded by a rag-picker.


  • Beach's particular loathing was reserved for Joseph Prescott, a pushy young rag-picker who played Beach off against Harriet Weaver in an attempt to scoop the world with his work on the great man's manuscripts before they could disappear into the giant maw of a university archive.

    The Letters of Sylvia Beach edited by Keri Walsh

  • The esteemed Mr. Reiner then called his pal, "super well-read," and explained, "He looks like a rag-picker sometimes -- but he's a highly intellectual, brilliant man."

    Gregory Weinkauf: 2,000+ Words for the 2,000 Year Old Man: Mel Brooks Is Saluted by the Academy

  • The rag-picker cried: — “You malicious, bare-pawed little wretch!”

    Les Miserables

  • This rag-picker was a grateful creature, and she smiled, with what a smile! on the three portresses.

    Les Miserables

  • In this open-air society, it is the rag-picker who salutes and the portress who patronizes.

    Les Miserables

  • Three of them were portresses, and the fourth was a rag-picker with her basket on her back.

    Les Miserables

  • In Paris, even the rag-pickers are sybarites; Diogenes would have loved to be a rag-picker of the Place

    Les Miserables

  • He used to either be sleeping on the footpath outside Kamanwala Chambers or lying down on his sponge bed provided by his rag-picker owners in the lane opposite Strand.

    Kalu and Kalu


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  • Also ragpicker apparently.

    May 8, 2012

  • "Till I was a grown man I could never see precisely what was supposed to be exaggerated in the plots of novelists like Dickens. To this day I can still read about some mysterious street-urchin, brought up to poverty and vice by a rag-picker, who turns out to be the missing heir to an earldom and see nothing peculiar about it."

    - Frank O'Connor, 'The Duke's Children'.

    September 5, 2008