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Gertrude Stein “Short Sentences” (1932),
in Last Operas and Plays, edited and with an introduction by Carl Van Vechten. (New York and Toronto: Rinehart & Co, 1949.)
partly (alas, no longer fully) available at google : link
but reprint borrowable at archive.org : link

The sentences are sorted/sortable by number of line; location (page and line); speaker (alphabetical order); and sentence (alphabetical order).

A fifth column at right, lists some keywords (e.g., “meaning,” “cautious,” “guess”) that suggest how a semasiological dictionary (thesaurus) — something like a telegraphic code — might be derived from this limited corpus. Where more than one keyword is shown, only the first sorts by alphabetical order; the appearance of a second and third keyword signals that they too appear multiple times : I do not have a tool to construct a thesaurus on the fly, alas.

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1 317 00 The scene is one in which nicely they gonicely
2 317 01 Madame Bucher Will you comecome
3 317 02 Nathalie Oh yes will you comecome
4 317 03 Amelia But I know you will comecome
5 317 04 Barbette I ask you to comecome
6 317 05 Eugene Will you
7 317 06 Joseph I have been able to comecome
8 317 07 Edmund Is he better because you bring what you bring when you do comebecause; come
9 317 08 Chorus And so they are all not alikealike
10 317 09 Alvara Should my
11 317 10 Belle Should they by and by
12 317 11 Robert Should it be my turnturn
13317 12HenryShould they
14317 13 Mrs Andre PaquetShould they be
15317 14HelenWith them
16317 15JohnJust more than then
17317 16FerdinandAs well as ablewell
18317 17 Mildred AldrichWhy they bewarewhy
19317 18A ChorusShould she be joinedjoined
20317 19James BellinghamNot to-dayday; to-day
21 317 20 Winfield Scott By which they hopehope
22 317 21 Henry For which they likelike
23 317 22Jerry Holmes All of which
24 317 23Marguerite Lamb They may be included
25 317 24William H For which they likelike
26 317 25Arthur Balfour Please play bestplease; play
27 317 26Joseph Hone By which they countcount
28 317 27Martha As well as they likelike; well
29 317 28Chorus It was why they meanmean; why
30 318 01Sir Robert Albi May chooses soonchoose
31 318 02Mildred With which
32 318 03Meraud Guevara Just why they ifwhy
33 318 04Henry Melun Not for this
34 318 05John Surgeon Just why they willwhy
35 318 06Edith But which if
36318 07Janet BlaineMore have been here even
37318 08Arthur ChadbourneJust when they will
38 318 09Edith If they mindmind
39318 10MarthaIt cannot be thoughtthought
40318 11William RufusMay you be pleasedpleased
41318 12ChorusThey shall exchange
42318 13Henry WinterIt is most
43318 14James FergusonWhich is for them
44318 15Arthur PrentissAll of which is for them
45318 16Jane HeapAll of which
46318 17John RandolphIs for them
47318 18Nelly MitchellBut which she will
48318 19Arthur GraftonBut all of which
49318 20Janet TannerMay they be thoughtthought
50318 21Neith HapgoodIt should be bought
51318 22Elsa AbramsThey will be violent
52318 23Neith BoyceWhen they have
53318 24ChorusAll of which is to blameblame
54318 25May HatterasCould I think of it
55318 26Jenny FletcherWith which they comecome
56318 27Edith ArcherOr just the placeplace
57318 28Frederick WendelMade by their blessing
58318 29Roy ClairSurely be generous
59318 30Laura ArmourCome to be grantedcome
60318 31John SiegfriedWith which they dash
61318 32Ben HodgeJust why and notwhy
62318 33Arthur BalfourIn no reunion
63318 34Winifred StanhopeShould they be there
64318 35Laura WilliamThey must soon excuseexcuse
65318 36John GoatOr should they rejoin
66318 37Walter ArthurThis for them
67318 38ChorusIt is well neither of whichneither; well
68318 39May WelchShe could be treasured
69318 40Arthur BirdWith me in politenesspoliteness
70319 01Albert LincolnShould much
71319 02Edith LorerAs very likelylikely
72319 03Mabel EarleJust why they rosewhy
73 319 04Abel MelcherJust if they thoughtthought
74319 05Ruth WinfieldJust why they leftwhy
75319 06Edith HenryMaking it be right
76 319 07May JanesWhich whenever they doubtdoubt
77319 08Mark WilliamsIt is because of gratitudebecause
78319 09Arthur NobelJust why they maywhy
79319 10Edith AdlerIt is in a way a choicechoice
80319 11ChorusShe may be seen needless to say
81319 12John NicholsBut which they start
82319 13Bertha ReynoldsBut not with them in partpart
83 319 14Wilton Friend She may be mine as a choicechoice; mine
84 319 15Jeffrey Sands But which they callcall
85 319 16Ellen Knoll Could it be heartily
86 319 17Reynold Nice By me in so far as it does
87 319 18Ernest Johns She may be bought to callcall
88 319 19Neith Johns In middle cases
89 319 20Edna Mills Why should she seewhy
90 319 21Lincoln Johns We can be better known
91 319 22Andrew Orden Should which they choosechoose
92 319 23Martha Winters But not left immediately
93 319 24Chorus She must be just
94 319 25Ivan May Could these for hers
95 319 26Barnard Noll Which made it comecome
96 319 27Nellie Wendell She for which they were satisfied
97 319 28Edna Aldrich Could it be turned to be blueblue; turned
98 319 29Neil Bartholomew She for which they were finished
99 319 30Milton Eisner Or just as much as plainly left
100 319 31Arthur Belton Should it be curiouscurious
101 319 32May Glass Could they be cautious because of thiscautious; because
102 319 33Janet Painleve Because why ought they ordinarilywhy; ought; because
103 319 34Edith Melrose By me or why by mewhy
104 319 35Arthur Lamb Just which as much
105 319 36Bertha Winter All for it to closeclose
106 319 37Bertie Applegarth It is my hopehope
107 319 38Chorus With why they were wading or wailingwhy
108 319 39Maria Martel To think of it is a pleasurepleasure
109 319 40John Moses But which they will point out presentlypresently
110 320 01Mabel Eastman She needs me for herself
111 320 02Arnold James Could she be truthfultruthful
112 320 03Bernard Alden She could meddle in despair
113 320 04Nelly Winfield Much of it
114 320 05Allen Ingram Might whoever camecame
115 320 06Arthur Lane Just why they willwhy
116 320 07Nathan Within Could it be known dexterously
117 320 08Mildred Maine May they be careful
118 320 09Egbert Eustace All kinds at allkinds
119 320 10Martin Johns It could be on accountaccount
120 320 11Edith Burns All known
121 320 12Chorus They may claim
122 320 13Martha Mint When will all be sent
123 320 14May Coleman Just by them without reason
124 320 15Nelly Marks Joined as it is best notjoined
125 320 16Mary Coburn For which they add relief
126 320 17Norman Blaine By which they mean beliefbelief; mean
127 320 18Arthur Johns Just by their nearly choicechoice; nearly
128 320 19Henry Winters Leave all to them adjoined
129 320 20Jacqueline Christian Should made the door
130 320 21Arnold William But which hour are meanthour
131 320 22Edith Sinclair Just which it is as kindkind
132 320 23Leonard Bartholomew Would five stay in placeplace
133 320 24Bartholowmew Franklin She is my kindkind
134 320 25Chorus But she is very willing to be let alone
135 320 26John Burton It is always a partpart
136 320 27Bernard Jackson With it a prayer for theirs
137 320 28Gardiner Harrison All birds are held by halves
138 320 29Muriel Williamson As which they feel the namename
139 320 30Minnie Parker Best known for an instance in whichinstance
140 320 31Nelly James I knew all are called delightdelight; called
141 320 32Barbara Knowles She should be just the same
142 320 33Warren Winship For which it is as minemine
143 320 34Barnes Oliver Very likely they like melike; likely
144 320 35Arthur Barker It has been mine for the timemine
145 320 36Elihu Neith She may be paid for me
146 320 37Daniel Sonne We often hear her nameshear; names
147 320 38Bert Johns By which They express
148 320 39Chorus It is not just as well that they waitedwell
149 320 40Maggie Prentiss For them or which as preciousprecious
150 321 01Jonathan Calder Because below in using thembecause
151 321 02Benjamin Duncan This is at least not all
152 321 03Dorothy Johnson By guessing as a pressureguess
153 321 04Robert Woods Should they be obliged
154 321 05Martha Ingram Like when they shall be pleaselike; please
155 321 06Norman Taylor It is more than increasing
156 321 07Barbara Edith In which it is a causecause
157 321 08Paul William He met two neither of which they blessneither
158 321 09John Burt It is why they know mostwhy
159 321 10Eric Blunt She will call all who know it at allcall
160 321 11Arthur East He could be here to flourishflourish
161 321 12May Harriman Why can they and do guessguess; why
162 321 13Chorus It is their meaningmeaning
163 321 14Philip Arnold Who may be placed in preparationplaced
164 321 15Nicholas Farmingham All of which they are not appalled
165 321 16Malcolm Winship But which not nearly fairlyfairly; nearly
166 321 17Benjamin Winters By which they say
167 321 18Martha Eustace But it is clearlyclearly
168 321 19Edith Alding They look for all
169 321 20Jennie Baker But which they may
170 321 21Neith Brackett While I like alikelike; alike
171 321 22Jonas William It is a pleasure a testpleasure
172 321 23Barbara Earle It is as well to be mistakenmistake; well
173 321 24Louise Florence She could be all well presentlypresently; well
174 321 25May Lidell It is a mistake to knowmistake
175 321 26Bernard Carter All will have been here
176 321 27Minnie Sherman It is in the main not in them
177 321 28Chorus She may be gently furnished theirs old
178 321 29Frank Paul Who may with it in a likenesslikeness
179 321 30James Bell Or which is it that they know
180 321 31Martin Tucker But which is kindlykindly
181 321 32Charles Brillmore But which they plan
182 321 33Andrew Foller For it as a portion
183 321 34Janet Stone She may call to seecall
184 321 35Henry Surgis With it as indignation
185 321 36Robert Strange For it as owned at all
186 321 37Albert Watts She should be met always
187 321 38Conrad Pleasant For which they will carry all
188 321 39Guy Paulding This is their estrangement
189 321 40Henry Fuller By which they arrange a stream
190 322 01May Knowlton For it they have meant instinctively
191 322 02Edna Bowles Should for a certaintycertainty
192 322 03Chorus It is all bought
193 322 04Oswald Parker She shall all call her firstcall
194 322 05Arthur Lane Is it as a part of a requitalpart
195 322 06Gustave Blaine She should be caught as muchcaught
196 322 07Belinda Court For which they exact their satisfaction
197 322 08May Sinclair Be nearly acquainted with there impatientlynearly
198 322 09Nathan Andrews For them fortunately they have not taken it away
199 322 10Marguerite Howland Just why should there be an authoritywhy
200 322 11Mortimer Arthur It was painstaking to prepare the namename; pain
201 322 12Gladys Ewland May she in practice be comingcoming
202 322 13Henry Winthrop It was just suggested as steadily
203 322 14Allan Arthur Griggs Four hours of outside ithours
204 322 15Agnes Shelden But just in which they joinedjoined
205 322 16Martin Kings But which they knew as wellwell
206 322 17Benjamin Hall It was thoughtful of no one at allthoughtful
207 322 18Henry Casket Might be is well satisfied for herwell
208 322 19Marjorie Anton It was of no use to ask
209 322 20Edith Acton It is not strange to mindmind; strange
210 322 21Guy Forest But which with wellwell
211 322 22Chorus It could not be separated
212 322 23Ada May What kind of care has shekind
213 322 24Florence William But which they will not be met
214 322 25Christine Barker For which they will neglect no one
215 322 26Beatrice Grand For which they know
216 322 27Ernest Carl Why should they searchwhy
217 322 28Grace Fane By which they declare
218 322 29Edith Rose It is by no means pleasantpleasant
219 322 30Hilda Bloom For which they make it do
220 322 31Arthur Grace It is for this that they are likely to be knownlikely
221 322 32Andrew Place May they be much with them
222 322 33Joseph Blunt For which they make no extra signssigns
223 322 34John Colbert Please may they crossplease
224 322 35Gilbert William It is nearly not tendernearly
225 322 36May Cross Which they declare
226 322 37Constance Beaver She may call more owncall
227 323 01Angela Gardener Be often gracious
228 323 02Evelyn Baker By their occasionally
229 323 03Chorus It is not noticeable
230 323 04Emanuel Dearborn Who will be like thatlike
231 323 05John Angel Ways of after guessingguess
232 323 06Mary Martin Leave more than they allow
233 323 07Ferdinand Prince She judges best
234 323 08James Coventry It is all bold as stated
235 323 09Mary Glove But they can still better
236 323 10Arnold Felt They can change better for paperchange
237 323 11Winifred North It is all which they colorcolor
238 323 12Bertha Eusted It will be called ordered excellentlycalled
239 323 13Margaret Garnet But well whether the otherwell
240 323 14Jonathan Carpet It is ours if they ask
241 323 15Martin Jonas Who will they hold in respect
242 323 16Hilda Argus She may be welcomed wellwelcomed; well
243 323 17Agnes Elliot It is often all sold
244 323 18Barbara English Who will tell what to do
245 323 19Marion Talbot Which they will tell
246 323 20Harry Allen It is too to trust
247 323 21Marmion Plane For which they welcomewelcome
248 323 22Gustave John Which they commence
249 323 23Chorus It is not likelylikely
250 323 24Adam Beach For which it is not neglected
251 323 25James Lynn But this is nearly an outletnearly
252 323 26Charles Blaine For which they think well of themwell
253 323 27Ulric Arden May they not neglect
254 323 28Fred Winship It is taught best more
255 323 29Archie Reynold Coming when they camecame; coming
256 323 30Edith Winslow Just when the chance camecame; chance
257 323 31Agatha Rumbold Now joined fairlyfairly; joined
258 323 32Theresa English She may liken it to a shell
259 323 33Bertha Faine It is not as preciousprecious
260 323 34Winifred Halsted She may be anxious to be duly there
261 323 35Egbert Hamilton She may be strangelystrangely
262 323 36Herbert Gibb May she be called well enoughenough; called; well
263 323 37Andrew Garden She may be kindly obligedkindly
264 323 38Howard Bliss Who will fail them as wellwell
265 323 39Bernard Hammond For which they cry
266 323 40Emanuel Winter It is just not arranged
267 324 01Chorus Fearing it felt as wellwell
268 324 02Etta Atlas She may be called cautiouscautious; called
269 324 03Edith Granville For they mean more than their sharemean
270 324 04Fredigond Hazard She may join mine with timejoin; mine
271 324 05Gladys Deacon Whichever they will they may more becausebecause
272 324 06Hervert Maine It is of no matter if they are cautiouscautious
273 324 07Arthur Gardener Whichever they like unlikelike
274 324 08Hugh Andrews They may be calm in with peril
275 324 09Nathan Lane For which they will
276 324 10Harold Mathew Which is it that they likelike
277 324 11Maria Christine It is often meant otherwise
278 324 12John Cook It is fastened by their meaningmeaning
279 324 13Amalie Winter For which they will not be differently courteous
280 324 14Amelia Richards Or always more all alikealike
281 324 15Janet Ediths So they may call for them who have beencall
282 324 16Olga Nawsen When they like they will not be felt as theirslike
283 324 17Richard Maine Once when they came they were well-knowncame; well
284 324 18Dorothea Hilda It is as if ought should be then seenought
285 324 19Theodore May She may or he may be often with them
286 324 20Theodora Garden Of will they may if it could
287 324 21Elisabeth Church She will come toocome
288 324 22Eleanor Richards With them
289 324 23Chorus It is very often abandoned
290 324 24Mabel Almond Who will she know for her
291 324 25Belinda Ruth Just as well as anxiouswell
292 324 26Grace Church May she be corrected as yet
293 324 27Margaret Hubbard May Edith go away
294 324 28Lena Gardner Which will she placeplace
295 324 29Beatrice May She may join mine by minejoin; mine
296 324 30Henry Englewood For which they know
297 324 31Sylvia Hawthorne Shall they join miles and milesjoin
298 324 32Evelyn Roberts Which can they say if they may
299 324 33Bertram Fields For which they thank if they can
300 324 34Leopold Means Well very well if they caughtcaught; well
301 324 35Leonard Faulkner But which they callcall
302 324 36Eli Gardener It is not often that they meant wellwell
303 325 01Hilda Williams She may be generously at one time
304 325 02Enid Holden For which they will not change as they are selfishchange; selfish
305 325 03John Blaine May they be often thoughtfulthoughtful
306 325 04Ezra Hildegarde Should they be just changed I cherishchanged
307 325 05Arthur Manners For which they namename
308 325 06John Arnold It is mine at one timemine
309 325 07Peter Olds May we think wellwell
310 325 08Chorus Does which they meet
311 325 09Egbert Winthrop It may be united unexpectedly
312 325 10Nathaniel Hubbard In which case they will not ease them
313 325 11Bertha Hampstead May they not crowd with them in vain
314 325 12Bridget Mabel As it is just as well that they are involvedwell
315 325 13Anne Nicholson Could they be pursued by their way
316 325 14Edith Blaine Ours on account of methodsaccount
317 325 15Helen Virginia It is often their hope to see easilyhope
318 325 16Olga May She should have been won in between
319 325 17Abraham Hope It is kindly made with itkindly
320 325 18May Freedman Should those who know be meant then
321 325 19Agatha Carley It is mine with minemine
322 325 20Fred Susan She may always just as she may know
323 325 21Yvonne Marbel He can by his determination see for them
324 325 22Bessie Edith It is not known gradually
325 325 23Minnie Wintrop Could they see which it is that they likelike
326 325 24Arthur Blaine She may be thought cautious has beencautious; thought
327 325 25Arnold Hermann Which they will not abuse at any time
328 325 26Henry Edith She will have been met by him
329 325 27James Israels Could it be by him that she has bought
330 325 28Martha Olds With which could they not abandon
331 325 29Bernard Blaine May they come with delightcome; delight
332 325 30Francis Mary Just when could they comecome
333 325 31Maurice Fitzhugh Just while they likelike
334 325 32Robert Caesar It is often their way to be there
335 325 33Chorus It is not only this
336 325 34Julia Lessing Who may be bought at the closeclose
337 325 35John William May she be first as well as betterwell
338325 36Herbert AndrewsShe may be just as well as thatwell
339 325 37Laura Hat She could be best as well anxiouslywell
340 325 38Nathan Bertram Should it be just a choice either chosenchoice; chosen
341 326 01Martha Narbon Should they better leave it as advice
342 326 02Mabel Cunningham For which they may in their case
343 326 03Gustave Mine She shall be told boldly
344 326 04Beatrice Fletcher For which they tried
345 326 05Marguerite Eustace It is often of the interruption which she mindedminded
346 326 06Arnold Baine For which they causecause
347 326 07Jonathan Sykes It is taught as an address
348 326 08Bartholomew James For which do they add for which to which
349 326 09James Basket He will be need presentlypresently
350 326 10Agatha Holden They will call not only there but for themcall
351 326 11Conrad Holds She may be only troubled
352 326 12Gladys Wells Please be a choice for choosingchoice; choosing; please
353 326 13Genevieve Gold She may be appointed to be welcomewelcome
354 326 14Jenny Baine May she be told for which they went
355 326 15Arthur William There is no cause for uneasinesscause
356 326 16Godwin Heart But just as wellwell
357 326 17Chorus For they establish
358 326 18Dora Fortune For whom will whom bend
359 326 19Dorothy Fisher Because she will wish it wellwish; because; well
360 326 20Donald Baine She may be often just as serious
361 326 21Daniel Edith May she be called badcalled
362 326 22Duncan May It is often very well that they are carriedwell
363 326 23David Eustace She may be sent for just as she is
364 326 24Ethel May It is often if they wish that they are anxiouswish
365 326 25Robert Sweet Who shall she be if she knows it better
366 326 26Rebecca Andrews They will not better pretend for whom they are anxious
367 326 27Roland May Just as often as when they were there
368 326 28Nathan Burn She will be singularly softened by the soundsoftened
369 326 29Frank Houston She will be because of it with himbecause
370 326 30Ferdinand Marcelle They will be as likelylikely
371 326 31Paul May She will often be polite againpolite
372 326 32Peter Hope It is without her that they will be jealous
373 326 33Beatrice Blaine She may not choose thischoose
374 326 34William Basket When they come they are not carelesscome
375 326 35Arnold Margan In which cause they will be politecause; polite
376 326 36May Greene May she be tall and not seen
377 327 01Martha Steve Of which they were in welcomewelcome
378 327 02May Nathan It is in a way extraordinary
379 327 03Chorus They will not blameblame
380 327 04Louis Lamb By which this meansmeans
381 327 05Leonard Blaine May they excuse themexcuse
382 327 06Louise Beatrice She may be justly chosenchosen
383 327 07Lillie Fans It is with out it presentlypresently
384 327 08Conrad Wilson Makes it be selfishselfish
385 327 09Lilac Blunt May be in their way they know
386 327 10Lena May She may be used to weeding at this time
387 327 11Angelo Winters For it it is a pleasure for itpleasure
388 327 12George Garfield May they followfollow
389 327 13Janet Grace It is
390 327 14Mary Maine In which they go away
391 327 15Nelly Lane It is a pleasure to practice where they wentpleasure
392 327 16Harold Lyon May be they will be soon as preciousprecious
393 327 17James West For this which they choose as flourishflourish; choose
394 327 18John Grant To call it downcall
395 327 19Gladys Reath It can be as well left to themwell
396 327 20Will Cato Shall she mind just whenmind
397 327 21Gustave WynnIt is more than a painpain
398 327 22Martin BlackWe will call for themcall
399 327 23Nat WingfieldShe will be found there
400 327 24Neith HeathcoteIt will be no advantage
401 327 25May * Just when they likelike
402 327 26Chorus Hours or ours at one timehours
403 327 27Barbara Coates Who should be named for himnamed
404 327 28Benedict Neith It is mine that they countcount; mine
405 327 29Henry Allen For which they are not lostlost
406 327 30Grace Bennett They may insist that they changechange
407 327 31Jane Lane May be they will not be known
408 327 32Edwin Fortescue It is because of ought that they will knowbecause; ought
409 327 33Egbert Change She needed their decision
410 327 34May Blaine For which it is brought as wellwell
411 327 35Margaret Finland Once when they comecome
412 327 36Bertha Call She may be might they be there
413 328 01Edith Farmley It is by this way that they mean memean
414 328 02Gustave Richards It is brought more than that
415 328 03Genevieve Garland It is by the time that they like itlike
416 328 04Arnold Bliss It is bought carefully one by one
417 328 05William Ewing Could they be too nearly therenearly
418 328 06Grace Blaine It is mostly just a chancechance
419 328 07Oscar Hone Could they be bought to be very wellwell
420 328 08Nathan Blaine She may not be the cause finallycause
421 328 09Isadore Hubert For which they fortunately are all
422 328 10Hugh Walker Could they think well of neitherneither; well
423 328 11Henry Blaine It is by this that they are selfishselfish
424 328 12William * She kindly knew their ownkindly
425 328 13Arthur Soame Could it be at rest alone
426 328 14May Thunder With which it more known
427 328 15Grace Pleasance She could not account for itaccount
428 328 16Chorus Just why they knew bestwhy
429 328 17Jenny Heather For which a mind is more inclinedmind
430 328 18Elbert Smith Could they be caught by which they tellcaught
431 328 19Neith Winship For which they can be spared
432 328 20Ada Comstock Glorious is certainly robustcertainly
433 328 21Marguerite William She will have hope that they are losthope; lost
434 328 22Nathan Gilbert For them or will alikealike
435 328 23Hubert Angel She may be utterly unprepared for their wishwish
436 328 24Manuel Blaine They might cause them to be nervouscause
437 328 25Agatha Winship It is not only that they bought
438 328 26Guy Heath For this which to them is a pleasurepleasure
439 328 27Ida Hall Can they call me and let them see thiscall
440328 28Irving BrewsterCould she know what they brought
441328 29Archibald HunterCan if it is in no place where they metplace
442 328 30Frank Eustace It shall be pleasedpleased
443 328 31Martin Paul Come be in best of wishes all for mecome; wishes
444 328 32Anne Brice Could it be kept as fortunately as that
445 328 33Carol Count Own or they will but which they mean to planmean
446 328 34Gustave Frederick It was often that they knew that they countedcounted
447 328 35John Frame Tell what they like as often as they pleaselike; please
448 328 36Arthur Blaine It chooses mostly more than by that timechoose
449 328 37Godfrey Winter Should they in their account be knownaccount
450 329 01Edward Martha Hope to enjoy finally means thathope; means
451 329 02Hubert Garfield I know why I do not feel more of itwhy
452 329 03Edna Whitehead Believing in returnbelieving
453 329 04Jeanette Stone May they have not been known for it
454 329 05Arthur Blaine They will be best for it
455 329 06Chorus She shall be changed for a daychanged; day
456 329 07Vincent Garland Or why may they be wellwhy; well
457 329 08Virginia William It is very well thought ofthought; well
458 329 09May Blaine May they be cautiouscautious
459 329 10Valentine Jane They may be settled as much as they understandunderstand
460 329 11John Harden It is by this that they may miss this
461 329 12Ferdinand Glover It is not strangely by their namename; strangely; over
462 329 13Lionel Blaine It is for that that they make it be believedbelieve
463 329 14Frederick Bernard For this they may without doubt flydoubt
464 329 15Grace Garfield It is within the blame that they may chooseblame; choose
465 329 16Ada Barber Which is it that they like the bestlike
466 329 17Edith Gardener She may be thought she may be sought furtherthought
467 329 18Harold Simpson In which case may they go
468 329 19Arthur Paling Do they believe it better to have held itbelieve
469 329 20Frederika Holding She may be certainly sterncertainly
470 329 21Marguerite Line No one who has been told can go
471 329 22Madge Cotton She will believe that they announcebelieve
472 329 23William Mander Not only will they try
473 329 24Herbert Blaine She may change what she likeslikes; change
474 329 25Hubert Mann It will not be more than just this
475 329 26Arthur Wills She who had been seen well was therewell
476 329 27Gustave Ferguson May they be well known for that instanceinstance; well
477 329 28Virginia Pastor It is well to think well of their timewell
478 329 29Violet Princeton She may be thought often with as wellthought; well
479 329 30May Agatha Shall we be there without being seen
480 329 31Martha Strange She may be thought to be with them yetthought
481 329 32Winifred William Should it matter just when they camecame
482 329 33Charles Arthur Why will they wish more of itwhy; wish
483 329 34Andrew Lovell It is often met with as often
484 329 35Chorus She shall be wellwell
485 329 36Louis Here When they were well attendedwell
486 329 37Charles Bird For which they feel a flower
487 330 01George Fred Might they have thought that they declinedthought
488 330 02Edith Frederick It was all lost or presentlylost; presently
489 330 03May Firth Will beauty be for most
490 330 04Hilda Strong It is at best as wellwell
491 330 05Frieda Mars Should she be met yet
492 330 06Lorna Blaine It is fortunately not that they bewilder
493 330 07Brenda Custom By this which they decline
494 330 08Gustave George Once in a while they playplay
495 330 09Barbara Sweet Or just when they are made prettily
496 330 10Violet Holt Should they make more than joinjoin
497 330 11Ada Clark Just when they like they may meanlike; mean
498 330 12Agnes Sickle It is often all who felt very well spokenwell
499 330 13Manfred Shawl With which they are welcome to attackwelcome
500 330 14Magnus Gaylord Will they be bought as peace
501 330 15Fred Chapman Think in which way well known is cloudedwell
502 330 16John Gay It is by this that they can hearhear
503 330 17John Basket It is very likely in the country that any sound can be heardheard; likely
504 330 18Wilfred Humbert Or should they mean that they will joinjoin; mean
505 330 19Francis Home He meant to know his brotherbrother
506 330 20Robert Stone He was his brotherbrother
507 330 21Diana William She knew two who were incomparable
508 330 22May Blaine Which they mean for them as wellmean; well
509 330 23Fergus Blaine They think well certainlycertainly; well
510 330 24Chorus Should they be right
511 330 25Pierre May Did he leave it or not close it oftenclose
512 330 26Hugo Blaine Not which it is in which it is encouraged
513 330 27Charles Ferguson It is attached by them with which they blameblame
514 330 28Maggie Lane They may recommend all of which they do
515 330 29Edith Jones How do they place day lightday; place
516 330 30Frank Rudder It is all of which there is there
517 330 31Bernard William She may be thought to be appointedthought
518 330 32John Lathrop Think more than they have with their wisheswishes
519 330 33Guy John It is a thought which they enjoythought
520 330 34Bertie Garfield Do you choose who they knowchoose
521 331 01Mildred Trust Finds out how many are heardheard
522 331 02Jane May It is often out of it that they likelike
523 331 03* Feel well they chose who dowell
524 331 04James Royal She will think as well as singwell
525 331 05Andrew Hilda Do and did make it kindlykindly
256 331 06Gilbert Husted To be quite right
527 331 07Marcel Johns It was part of the time in winterpart
528 331 08Myra Blaine For which they had their use
529 331 09Louise Garfield All which are known are called my owncalled
530 331 10Peter Williams She may be liked as well as knownliked; well
531 331 11George Mansfield Why do they call out occasionallywhy; call
532 331 12Arthur Blaise It was a task that they used all
533 331 13Richard Bliss May they be mine for whichmine
534 331 14Abraham Blaine Like it or not as welllike; well
535 331 15May Basket What did they believe they changebelieve; change
536 331 16Paul Arthur It was theirs which was a mistakemistake
537 331 17Chorus Will they held
538 331 18Christopher Jenny How are they divided for many
539 331 19Isabel Friend She may be very likely ninelikely
540 331 20Therese Fold May she be taught as wellwell
541 331 21David Join She could be dearly a wonderwonder
542 331 22Rene Herbert For which it is as seen
543 331 23May Gardener Might it not be a weight
544 331 24Bartholomew Laws Could who be a hood
545 331 25Barbara Neith Why should they leave with their namename; why
546 331 26Any Harp Could she be taught well by the truthtruth; well
547 331 27Dinah William Which may many of them touchtouch
548 331 28Agatha Pearl They may think lightly of their oughtought
549 331 29Agnes Carew Could it be worth their delightdelight
550 331 30Dorothy Elf It was all they needed
551 331 31Donald Edder Could they carry salt
552 331 32Daniel Hubert A cartridge is used as a wellwell
553 331 33Bertie Blaine She may be thought curiouscurious; thought
554 331 34Beatrice Howard Nor may she wish her wellwish; well
555 331 35Genevieve May It is not without delightdelight
556 331 36George Blaine Should she be thoughtthought
557 331 37Mary Blaine But which they knew
558 332 01Merton Blaine It is by their aid that they wish wellwish; well
559 332 02Manfred May For this is what is now added
560 332 03Israel North Could there be a wonderwonder
561 332 04Bertha Gaylord She may well thinkwell
562 332 05Winifred Dwight It is not known
563 332 06Chorus In no time
564 332 07Muriel Head She may be thoughtthought
565 332 08May Shipman It is more than idle
566 332 09Hiram Flood They may be caught closecaught; close
567 332 10Hilda Lamb Or which they think
568 332 11Henry Martin Could they be relieved by them
569 332 12Marius William It is often that they call it alikealike; call
570 332 13Barbara Blaine Should she miss use and treasure
571 332 14Ferdinard Wills It is always best to be taught
572 332 15Jenny Sheridan Think more than they will will
573 332 16Grace Fellows It is not why they askwhy
574 332 17Martin Lane All which they have they can
575 332 18Guy Mann It is often by themselves thoughtfulthoughtful
576 332 19Herbert Blaine All which they come to havecome
577 332 20Mary Care It is ours to have ours known
578 332 21Howard Blaine All which they think
579 332 22Hector Strings Might it be well on the chancechance; well
580 332 23Edith Rown It is more likely in timelikely
581 332 24Denis Round She will be nearly in their waynearly
582 332 25Margaret Elk Should she leave the door open
583 332 26Bernard May If she could easily be influenced
584 332 27May Blaine Or for themselves
585 332 28Minnie Blaine Or may they be always alikealike
586 332 29Dora Fisher Which it is lostlost
587 332 30Donald Rolls May they be left as courteous
588 332 31David Grace She may be thought as wellthought
589 332 32Louis BlakeWill she be told
590332 33Louise ThornNot if without their hold
591332 34Nellie BlaineShould it be nicely nownicely
592332 35May HelenIf it likeslikes
593332 36ChorusBy them

some stats

594 lines
592 sentences, of which
five are repeated twice each: “All of which”, “For which they know”, “For which they like”, “Just why they will”, and “With them”;
31 are spoken by chorus, and
561 by names (one of these an asterisked blank), of which
eight names are associated with more than one sentence: Arthur Balfour, 2; Arthur Lane, 2; Edith, 2; Henry, 2; Herbert Blaine, 2; Martha, 2; Arthur Blaine, 4; and May Blaine, 4

In form (two columns, almost-unique names to almost-unique phrases), the text resembles a telegraphic code dictionary in-the-making, and only needs to be ordered alphabetically by name or phrases to operate like one.

These sentences read, for the most part, as phrases that might be combined with other words or phrases into sentences.

“...the twentieth century was the century not of sentences as was the eighteenth not of phrases as was the nineteenth but of paragraphs. And as I explained paragraphs were inevitable because as the nineteenth century came to its ending, phrases were no long full of meaning and the time had come when a whole thing was all there was of anything.”
ex Lectures in America, Making of the Making of Americans (LoA, Writings 1932-1940): 285

A path to reading Stein was opened to me by my misreadings of telegraphic codes. Short Sentences was one of these texts; others were Lifting Belly, Sacred Emily, Stanzas in Meditation and Patriarchal Poetry. It had to do with the rise and fall of sense, or significance, as in the development and subsequent decay of a sequence of phrases, taken alone or even in counterpoint with their respective codewords (for sense, or only alliteration, or some varying combination of both).

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4 December 2022