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    Default Ups and outs

    This is "The yellow face" by sir Arthur Conan Doyle:

    "How long did he wait?"

    "Half an hour, sir. He was a very restless gentleman,
    sir, a-walkin' and a-stampin' all the time he was
    here. I was waitin' outside the door, sir, and I
    could hear him. At last he outs into the passage, and
    he cries, 'Is that man never goin' to come?' Those
    were his very words, sir. 'You'll only need to wait a
    little longer,' says I. 'Then I'll wait in the open
    air, for I feel half choked,' says he. 'I'll be back
    before long.' And with that he ups and he outs, and
    all I could say wouldn't hold him back."


    Could somebody tell me what does "ups" mean here?
    At first I thought that the man stood up and went out. And, you know, a translation into my native language states it like that. But as we can see, the man was already in the corridor, so why should he need to stand up.

    Michael

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    Default Re: Ups and outs

    This passage is attempting to present dialectical English. "Ups and outs" here means "he left/departed".

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    Thank you.

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    Default Re: Ups and outs

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    ... "Ups and outs" here means "he left/departed".
    "He gets up and goes out." Note the use of the historic present; like the common story-telling device 'so this bloke comes up to me and says...'.

    FYI: There's another verbal use of 'out', unknown in the days when Conan Doyle was writing - 'to reveal as gay someone who had previously successfully kept his sexuality secret'.

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