Tender Buttons: Objects is the first section of Gertrude Stein's Tender Buttons, written in 1914. Line breaks have been inserted for increased readability.
A CARAFE, THAT IS A BLIND GLASS.
A kind in glass and a cousin, a spectacle and nothing strange
a single hurt color and an arrangement in a system to pointing.
All this and not ordinary, not unordered in not resembling.
The difference is spreading.
Nickel, what is nickel, it is originally rid of a cover.
The change in that is that red weakens an hour. The
change has come. There is no search. But there is, there is
that hope and that interpretation and sometime, surely any is
unwelcome, sometime there is breath and there will be a
sinecure and charming very charming is that clean and
cleansing. Certainly glittering is handsome and convincing.
There is no gratitude in mercy and in medicine.
There can be breakages in Japanese. That is no programme. That is
no color chosen. It was chosen yesterday, that showed spitting
and perhaps washing and polishing. It certainly showed no
obligation and perhaps if borrowing is not natural there is
some use in giving.
A SUBSTANCE IN A CUSHION.
The change of color is likely and a difference a very little
difference is prepared. Sugar is not a vegetable.
Callous is something that hardening leaves behind what
will be soft if there is a genuine interest in there being
present as many girls as men. Does this change. It shows that
dirt is clean when there is a volume.
A cushion has that cover. Supposing you do not like to
change, supposing it is very clean that there is no change in
appearance, supposing that there is regularity and a costume
is that any the worse than an oyster and an exchange. Come
to season that is there any extreme use in feather and cotton.
Is there not much more joy in a table and more chairs and
very likely roundness and a place to put them.
A circle of fine card board and a chance to see a tassel.
What is the use of a violent kind of delightfulness if there
is no pleasure in not getting tired of it. The question does
not come before there is a quotation. In any kind of place
there is a top to covering and it is a pleasure at any rate
there is some venturing in refusing to believe nonsense. It
shows what use there is in a whole piece if one uses it and
it is extreme and very likely the little things could be dearer
but in any case there is a bargain and if there is the best
thing to do is to take it away and wear it and then be reckless
be reckless and resolved on returning gratitude.
Light blue and the same red with purple makes a change.
It shows that there is no mistake. Any pink shows that and
very likely it is reasonable. Very likely there should not be a
finer fancy present. Some increase means a calamity and this
is the best preparation for three and more being together. A
little calm is so ordinary and in any case there is sweetness
and some of that.
A seal and matches and a swan and ivy and a suit.
A closet, a closet does not connect under the bed. The band
if it is white and black, the band has a green string. A sight a
whole sight and a little groan grinding makes a trimming
such a sweet singing trimming and a red thing not a round
thing but a white thing, a red thing and a white thing.
The disgrace is not in carelessness nor even in sewing it
comes out out of the way.
What is the sash like. The sash is not like anything mus-
tard it is not like a same thing that has stripes, it is not even
more hurt than that, it has a little top.
Out of kindness comes redness and out of rudeness comes
rapid same question, out of an eye comes research, out of
selection comes painful cattle. So then the order is that a
white way of being round is something suggesting a pin and
is it disappointing, it is not, it is so rudimentary to be
analysed and see a fine substance strangely, it is so earnest to
have a green point not to red but to point again.
A PIECE OF COFFEE.
More of double.
A place in no new table.
A single image is not splendor. Dirty is yellow. A sign of
more in not mentioned. A piece of coffee is not a detainer. The
resemblance to yellow is dirtier and distincter. The clean mix-
ture is whiter and not coal color, never more coal color than
The sight of a reason, the same sight lighter, the sight of a
simpler negative answer, the same sore sounder, the intention
to wishing, the same splendor, the same furniture.
The time to show a message is when too late and later
there is no hanging in a blight.
A not torn rose-wood color. If it is not dangerous then a
pleasure and more than any other if it is cheap is not cheaper.
The amusing side is that the sooner there are no fewer the
more certain is the necessity dwindled. Supposing that the
case contained rose-wood and a color. Supposing that there
was no reason for a distress and more likely for a number,
supposing that there was no astonishment, is it not necessary
to mingle astonishment.
The settling of stationing cleaning is one way not to
shatter scatter and scattering. The one way to use custom
is to use soap and silk for cleaning. The one way to see cotton
is to have a design concentrating the illusion and the illustra-
tion. The perfect way is to accustom the thing to have a
lining and the shape of a ribbon and to be solid, quite solid
in standing and to use heaviness in morning. It is light
enough in that. It has that shape nicely. Very nicely may not
be exaggerating. Very strongly may be sincerely fainting.
May be strangely flattering. May not be strange in everything.
May not be strange to.
DIRT AND NOT COPPER.
Dirt and not copper makes a color darker. It makes the
shape so heavy and makes no melody harder.
It makes mercy and relaxation and even a strength to
spread a table fuller. There are more places not empty. They
A charm a single charm is doubtful. If the red is rose and
there is a gate surrounding it, if inside is let in and there places
change then certainly something is upright. It is earnest.
A cause and no curve, a cause and loud enough, a cause
and extra a loud clash and an extra wagon, a sign of extra, a
sac a small sac and an established color and cunning, a
slender grey and no ribbon, this means a loss a great loss a
A METHOD OF A CLOAK.
A single climb to a line, a straight exchange to a cane, a
desperate adventure and courage and a clock, all this which
is a system, which has feeling, which has resignation and
success, all makes an attractive black silver.
A RED STAMP.
If lilies are lily white if they exhaust noise and distance
and even dust, if they dusty will dirt a surface that has no
extreme grace, if they do this and it is not necessary it is not
at all necessary if they do this they need a catalogue.
A large box is handily made of what is necessary to replace
any substance. Suppose an example is necessary, the plainer
it is made the more reason there is for some outward recogni-
tion that there is a result.
A box is made sometimes and them to see to see to it
neatly and to have the holes stopped up makes it necessary
to use paper.
A custom which is necessary when a box is used and taken
is that a large part of the time there are three which have
different connections. The one is on the table. The two are
on the table. The three are on the table. The one, one is the
same length as is shown by the cover being longer. The other
is different there is more cover that shows it. The other is
different and that makes the corners have the same shade the
eight are in singular arrangement to make four necessary.
Lax, to have corners, to be lighter than some weight, to
indicate a wedding journey, to last brown and not curious, to
be wealthy, cigarettes are established by length and by
Left open, to be left pounded, to be left closed, to be
circulating in summer and winter, and sick color that is grey
that is not dusty and red shows, to be sure cigarettes do
measure an empty length sooner than a choice in color.
Winged, to be winged means that white is yellow and
pieces pieces that are brown are dust color if dust is washed
off, then it is choice that is to say it is fitting cigarettes sooner
An increase why is an increase idle, why is silver cloister,
why is the spark brighter, if it is brighter is there any result,
hardly more than ever.
An occasion for a plate, an occasional resource is in buying
and how soon does washing enable a selection of the same
thing neater. If the party is small a clever song is in order.
Plates and a dinner set of colored china. Pack together a
string and enough with it to protect the centre, cause a con-
siderable haste and gather more as it is cooling, collect more
trembling and not any even trembling, cause a whole thing
to be a church.
A sad size a size that is not sad is blue as every bit of blue
is precocious. A kind of green a game in green and nothing
flat nothing quite flat and more round, nothing a particular
color strangely, nothing breaking the losing of no little piece.
A splendid address a really splendid address is not shown
by giving a flower freely, it is not shown by a mark or by
Cut cut in white, cut in white so lately. Cut more than any
other and show it. Show it in the stem and in starting and in
evening coming complication.
A lamp is not the only sign of glass. The lamp and the
cake are not the only sign of stone. The lamp and the cake
and the cover are not the only necessity altogether.
A plan a hearty plan, a compressed disease and no coffee,
not even a card or a change to incline each way, a plan that
has that excess and that break is the one that shows filling.
A SELTZER BOTTLE.
Any neglect of many particles to a cracking, any neglect of
this makes around it what is lead in color and certainly dis-
color in silver. The use of this is manifold. Supposing a certain
time selected is assured, suppose it is even necessary, suppose
no other extract is permitted and no more handling is needed,
suppose the rest of the message is mixed with a very long
slender needle and even if it could be any black border,
supposing all this altogether made a dress and suppose it was
actual, suppose the mean way to state it was occasional, if
you suppose this is August and even more melodiously, if
you suppose this even in the necessary incident of there
certainly being no middle in summer and winter, suppose
this and an elegant settlement a very elegant settlement is
more than of consequence, it is not final and sufficient and
substituted. This which was so kindly a present was constant.
A LONG DRESS.
What is the current that makes machinery, that makes it
crackle, what is the current that presents a long line and a
necessary waist. What is this current.
What is the wind, what is it.
Where is the serene length, it is there and a dark place
is not a dark place, only a white and red are black, only a
yellow and green are blue, a pink is scarlet, a bow is every
color. A line distinguishes it. A line just distinguishes it.
A RED HAT.
A dark grey, a very dark grey, a quite dark grey is mon-
strous ordinarily, it is so monstrous because there is no red in
it. If red is in everything it is not necessary. Is that not an
argument for any use of it and even so is there any place that
is better, is there any place that has so much stretched out.
A BLUE COAT.
A blue coat is guided guided away, guided and guided
away, that is the particular color that is used for that length
and not any width not even more than a shadow.
If the speed is open, if the color is careless, if the selection
of a strong scent is not awkward, if the button holder is held
by all the waving color and there is no color, not any color. If
there is no dirt in a pin and there can be none scarcely, if
there is not then the place is the same as up standing.
This is no dark custom and it even is not acted in any such
a way that a restraint is not spread. That is spread, it shuts
and it lifts and awkwardly not awkwardly the centre is in
A widow in a wise veil and more garments shows that shadows
are even. It addresses no more, it shadows the stage and
learning. A regular arrangement, the severest and the most
preserved is that which has the arrangement not more than
A suitable establishment, well housed, practical, patient
and staring, a suitable bedding, very suitable and not more
particularly than complaining, anything suitable is so necessary.
A fact is that when the direction is just like that, no more,
longer, sudden and at the same time not any sofa, the main
action is that without a blaming there is no custody.
Practice measurement, practice the sign that means that
really means a necessary betrayal, in showing that there
Hope, what is a spectacle, a spectacle is the resemblance
between the circular side place and nothing else, nothing else.
To choose it is ended, it is actual and more than that it
has it certainly has the same treat, and a seat all that
is practiced and more easily much more easily ordinarily.
Pick a barn, a whole barn, and bend more slender accents
than have ever been necessary, shine in the darkness
necessarily. Actually not aching, actually not aching, a
stubborn bloom is so artificial and even more than that,
it is a spectacle, it is a binding accident, it is animosity
If the chance to dirty diminishing is necessary, if it is
why is there no complexion, why is there no rubbing, why
is there no special protection.
A FRIGHTFUL RELEASE.
A bag which was left and not only taken but turned away
was not found. The place was shown to be very like the
last time. A piece was not exchanged, not a bit of it,
a piece was left over. The rest was mismanaged.
A purse was not green, it was not straw color, it was
hardly seen and it had a use a long use and the chain,
the chain was never missing, it was not misplaced, it
showed that it was open, that is all that it showed.
A MOUNTED UMBRELLA.
What was the use of not leaving it there where it would
hang what was the use if there was no chance of ever
seeing it come there and show that it was handsome and
right in the way it showed it. The lesson is to learn
that it does show it, that it shows it and that nothing,
that there is nothing, that there is no more to do about
it and just so much more is there plenty of reason for
making an exchange.
Enough cloth is plenty and more, more is almost enough
for that and besides if there is no more spreading is
there plenty of room for it. Any occasion shows the best way.
An elegant use of foliage and grace and a little piece of
white cloth and oil.
Wondering so winningly in several kinds of oceans is the
reason that makes red so regular and enthusiastic. The
reason that there is more snips are the same shining very
colored rid of no round color.
A NEW CUP AND SAUCER.
Enthusiastically hurting a clouded yellow bud and saucer,
enthusiastically so is the bite in the ribbon.
Within, within the cut and slender joint alone, with sudden
equals and no more than three, two in the centre make two
If the elbow is long and it is filled so then the best example
is all together.
The kind of show is made by squeezing.
A color in shaving, a saloon is well placed in the centre of
A blind agitation is manly and uttermost.
No cup is broken in more places and mended, that is to
say a plate is broken and mending does do that it shows
that culture is Japanese. It shows the whole element of
angels and orders. It does more to choosing and it does
more to that ministering counting. It does, it does change
in more water.
Supposing a single piece is a hair supposing more of them
are orderly, does that show that strength, does that show
that joint, does that show that balloon famously. Does it.
A courteous occasion makes a paper show no such occasion
and this makes readiness and eyesight and likeness and a
The meaning of this is entirely and best to say the mark,
best to say it best to show sudden places, best to make
bitter, best to make the length tall and nothing broader,
anything between the half.
Water astonishing and difficult altogether makes a meadow
and a stroke.
A season in yellow sold extra strings makes lying places.
The sudden spoon is the same in no size. The sudden spoon
is the wound in the decision.
Coloring high means that the strange reason is in front
not more in front behind. Not more in front in peace of
A light white, a disgrace, an ink spot, a rosy charm.
A star glide, a single frantic sullenness, a single
financial grass greediness.
Object that is in wood. Hold the pine, hold the dark,
hold in the rush, make the bottom.
A piece of crystal. A change, in a change that is
remarkable there is no reason to say that there was a time.
A woolen object gilded. A country climb is the best disgrace,
a couple of practices any of them in order is so left.
A TIME TO EAT.
A pleasant simple habitual and tyrannical and authorised
and educated and resumed and articulate separation. This
is not tardy.
A LITTLE BIT OF A TUMBLER.
A shining indication of yellow consists in there having
been more of the same color than could have been expected
when all four were bought. This was the hope which made
the six and seven have no use for any more places and this
necessarily spread into nothing. Spread into nothing.
What was the use of a whole time to send and not send if
there was to be the kind of thing that made that come in.
A letter was nicely sent.
A winning of all the blessings, a sample not a sample
because there is no worry.
A cool red rose and a pink cut pink, a collapse and a sold
hole, a little less hot.
In between a place and candy is a narrow foot-path that
shows more mounting than anything, so much really that
a calling meaning a bolster measured a whole thing with
that. A virgin a whole virgin is judged made and so between
curves and outlines and real seasons and more out glasses
and a perfectly unprecedented arrangement between old ladies
and mild colds there is no satin wood shining.
Colored hats are necessary to show that curls are worn by
an addition of blank spaces, this makes the difference
between single lines and broad stomachs, the least thing is
lightening, the least thing means a little flower and a big
delay a big delay that makes more nurses than little women
really little women. So clean is a light that nearly all of
it shows pearls and little ways. A large hat is tall and me
and all custard whole.
A feather is trimmed, it is trimmed by the light and the
bug and the post, it is trimmed by little leaning and by
all sorts of mounted reserves and loud volumes. It is surely
A brown which is not liquid not more so is relaxed and yet
there is a change, a news is pressing.
A LITTLE CALLED PAULINE.
A little called anything shows shudders.
Come and say what prints all day. A whole few watermelon.
There is no pope.
No cut in pennies and little dressing and choose wide
soles and little spats really little spices.
A little lace makes boils. This is not true.
Gracious of gracious and a stamp a blue green white bow
a blue green lean, lean on the top.
If it is absurd then it is leadish and nearly set in
where there is a tight head.
A peaceful life to arise her, noon and moon and moon.
A letter a cold sleeve a blanket a shaving house and
nearly the best and regular window.
Nearer in fairy sea, nearer and farther, show white has
lime in sight, show a stitch of ten. Count, count more
so that thicker and thicker is leaning.
I hope she has her cow. Bidding a wedding, widening
received treading, little leading mention nothing.
Cough out cough out in the leather and really feather
it is not for.
Please could, please could, jam it not plus more sit in when.
Elephant beaten with candy and little pops and chews
all bolts and reckless reckless rats, this is this.
A table means does it not my dear it means a whole
steadiness. Is it likely that a change.
A table means more than a glass even a looking glass
is tall. A table means necessary places and a revision
a revision of a little thing it means it does mean that
there has been a stand, a stand where it did shake.
To be a wall with a damper a stream of pounding way
and nearly enough choice makes a steady midnight.
It is pus.
A shallow hole rose on red, a shallow hole in and in
this makes ale less. It shows shine.
A little monkey goes like a donkey that means to say
that means to say that more sighs last goes. Leave with
it. A little monkey goes like a donkey.
A WHITE HUNTER.
A white hunter is nearly crazy.
In the middle of a tiny spot and nearly bare there is
a nice thing to say that wrist is leading. Wrist is
SUPPOSE AN EYES.
Suppose it is within a gate which open is open at the
hour of closing summer that is to say it is so.
All the seats are needing blackening. A white dress
is in sign. A soldier a real soldier has a worn lace
a worn lace of different sizes that is to say if he
can read, if he can read he is a size to show shutting
Go red go red, laugh white.
Suppose a collapse in rubbed purr, in rubbed purr get.
Little sales ladies little sales ladies little saddles
Little sales of leather and such beautiful beautiful,
A shawl is a hat and hurt and a red balloon and an
under coat and a sizer a sizer of talks.
A shawl is a wedding, a piece of wax a little build.
Pick a ticket, pick it in strange steps and with hollows.
There is hollow hollow belt, a belt is a shawl.
A plate that has a little bobble, all of them, any so.
Please a round it is ticket.
It was a mistake to state that a laugh and a lip and
a laid climb and a depot and a cultivator and little
choosing is a point it.
Book was there, it was there. Book was there. Stop it,
stop it, it was a cleaner, a wet cleaner and it was not
where it was wet, it was not high, it was directly placed
back, not back again, back it was returned, it was needless,
it put a bank, a bank when, a bank care.
Suppose a man a realistic expression of resolute reliability
suggests pleasing itself white all white and no head does
that mean soap. It does not so. It means kind wavers and
little chance to beside beside rest. A plain.
Suppose ear rings, that is one way to breed, breed that.
Oh chance to say, oh nice old pole. Next best and nearest
a pillar. Chest not valuable, be papered.
Cover up cover up the two with a little piece of string
and hope rose and green, green.
Please a plate, put a match to the seam and really then
really then, really then it is a remark that joins many
many lead games. It is a sister and sister and a flower
and a flower and a dog and a colored sky a sky colored
grey and nearly that nearly that let.
PEELED PENCIL, CHOKE.
Rub her coke.
IT WAS BLACK, BLACK TOOK.
Black ink best wheel bale brown.
Excellent not a hull house, not a pea soup, no bill
no care, no precise no past pearl pearl goat.
THIS IS THE DRESS, AIDER.
Aider, why aider why whow, whow stop touch, aider whow,
aider stop the muncher, muncher munchers.
A jack in kill her, a jack in, makes a meadowed king,
makes a to let.