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  • Fetching my shaving kit from the bathroom, I confirmed with perverse satisfaction that the blue sponge-bag with the teddy-bear in which Penelope kept what she archly called her Press Kit was still missing from its shelf: just what every girl needs for a weekend with a flock of high-flying advertisers in Sussex.

    the mission song

  • Bridget took back my cellphone, passed me my night-bag and watched me while I checked its contents: socks, handkerchiefs, shirts, underpants, a sponge-bag, one grey pullover with V-neck.

    the mission song

  • William was one of twenty-one prefects, distinguishable by their dress of ‘sponge-bag’ trousers—similar to chinos—stiff wing collar and white bow tie, braid-edged black tailcoat and a colourful waistcoat of their choosing.


  • I used to walk up, under the walls, swinging my sponge-bag, through the dusk.

    The Complete Stories

  • I caught the eleven twenty-five to Norway the next morning with the knife wrapped in polythene in my sponge-bag; or rather the black zipped leather case which did that duty.

    Slay Ride

  • Well, I had my bath-towel over my arm and my sponge-bag in the other hand, so, when I slipped, I was a bit helpless, you see.

    Death of a Delft Blue

  • You cap was used once in your bathroom at home as a sponge-bag.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 153, December 26, 1917

  • He was wearing a battered Panama hat, a much-darned brownish jersey, and his nether man -- or rather boy, for Edward's years are but four -- was encased in paddling drawers made of the same material as a sponge-bag.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Volume 159, August 4th, 1920

  • The three husbands have photographs of wife and children; Colonel Rhodes, the bachelor, a sponge-bag and pin-cushion.

    A Woman's Part in a Revolution

  • Back to the crazy pavement of Versailles, back to “democracy”, i.e. capitalism, back to dole queues and the Rolls-Royce cars, back to the grey top hats and the sponge-bag trousers, in saecula saeculorum.

    The Lion and the Unicorn


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