Phrases with "peasant"

Quicker than thought, Lacheneur and the peasant sprang to the door to see for themselves. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

Robert Louis Stevenson But what is meant by bigotry, that we should regard it as a blemish in a priest? Damien believed his own religion with the simplicity of a peasant or a child; as I would I could suppose that you do. Lay Morals by Robert Louis Stevenson

George Meredith Here and there, in a peasant family, or a small country tradesman’s just raised above a peasant, honest regenerating blood will be found. Lord Ormont and his Aminta by George Meredith [1894]

The mother saw the blue-eyed peasant go across the square and look at her sidewise. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Ford Madox Ford The peasant girls wore black velvet waistcoats, white bodices, innumerable petticoats and absurd parti-coloured headdresses of the shape and size of halfpenny buns. Some Do Not . . . by Ford Madox Ford [1924]

Sinclair Lewis He was neither a peasant tailor, a potential artist, a social complication, nor a peril. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

For all sincere styles are congruous to one another, whether they be adorned or no, as all high natures are congruous to one another, whether in the garb of peasant or of prince. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

M. P. Shiel As in Austria most of the priests are of peasant birth, the baron decided to make of the genius a churchman; and in due course Dees came to be the priest of St Photini’s in the castle-court. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

My friend turned to a peasant who was working near and asked who the man was. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

D. H. Lawrence Sometimes, in the distance one sees a black-and-white peasant riding lonely across a more open place, a tiny vivid figure. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Andrew Lang No sooner did it touch him than the Tanuki leapt yelling into the air, and the hare laughed, and ran to tell his friend the peasant what a trick he had played on their enemy. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Andrew Lang Herein he is at the opposite pole from the great peasant poet. Adventures Among Books by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence It was a long, lean, peasant Christ carved by a peasant in the Black Forest. For the first time in his life, Bachmann saw the figure as a human thing. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

On the third day they arrived at the village, and the mother inquired of a peasant at work in the field where the tar works were. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Ivan Turgenev What is dreaming? Sobakevitch’s peasant — that’s dreaming. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Andrew Lang By his first wife the peasant had a daughter called Elsa, a good quiet girl, who only wanted to live in peace, but this her stepmother would not allow. The Violet Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

She is of peasant stock, you know. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

D. H. Lawrence Nothing at all,” said I. “We have come to Sardinia to see the peasant costumes—” I thought that might sound satisfactory. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

George Borrow At this time a peasant was continually passing and repassing between Villa Seca and Madrid, bringing us cargoes of Testaments on a burrico. The Bible in Spain by George Borrow

Arthur Conan Doyle A peasant or two going home from the wine-shop, and a few carts of country produce coming up to Rome, were the only things which they met. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

Olaf Stapledon But as a matter of fact the peasant whom I first “inhabited” was the only genuine pure salt man of orthodox variety whom I ever encountered. Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

Tobias Smolle A friend of mine (a Swiss officer) told me, that a peasant in his country used to weep bitterly, whenever a certain Capuchin mounted the pulpit to hold forth to the people. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

The mother seated herself on the bench opposite the peasant and looked around — her valise was not in sight. Mother by Maksim Gorky

But the night was very dark, and the house lay back a little way from the road; so they told themselves it was only some drunken peasant quarrelling with his wife, and passed on. In the Confessional by Amelia B. Edwards

Guy de Maupassan The peasant sat down, murmuring: “You are very good. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

Guy de Maupassan At that all the crafty suspicious nature of the Normandy peasant was on the alert. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

Ivan Turgenev The Russian peasant is that mysterious unknown person about whom Mrs. Radcliffe used to say so much. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

The man, Giovacchino, had disappeared at the first glimpse of the stalwart peasant coming on his errand of vengeance. Signa by Ouida

As healthy infancy is the same for all, so the old age of all good men brings philosopher and peasant once more together, to meet with the same thoughts the inevitable hour. Wordsworth by F. W. H. Myers [1881]

The other old peasant spoke to his comrade, “I am not tired,” he said. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

The whole nation, from the peasant to the prince, bowed their necks to the worst kind of tyranny — that of a blind fanaticism. The History of the Conquest of Mexico by William Hickling Prescott [1843]

Pray, pray, do not weep thus! Be brave! You will soon be the wife of Maurice. And when you are happy, think sometimes of the poor peasant who loved you so much. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

D.H. Lawrence It was usually a man, sometimes a peasant from Mugiano, high up, sometimes a peasant from the wilds of the mountain, a wood-cutter, or a charcoal-burner. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Guy de Maupassan A peasant woman came out of the house. The Moribund by Guy de Maupassan

The peasant rose and stretched his hand, pointing to something. Mother by Maksim Gorky

The peasant woman, perceiving that my mother fixed eyes of wonder and admiration on this lovely girl, eagerly communicated her history. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Arthur Conan Doyle Ale was very cheap, and cheaper still was the mead which every peasant could make for himself out of the wild honey in the tree-trunks. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

Whose matter is it?” The peasant went away muttering, with slow unwilling feet. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence And on the pale bands are woven sometimes flowers in most lovely colours, rose-red and blue and green, peasant patterns—and sometimes fantastic animals, beasts, in dark wool again. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Ivan Turgenev Early next morning, accompanied by the village elder’s son, and another peasant called Yegor, I set off in a little cart with a pair of peasant’s horses, to shoot woodcocks and moorhens. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Turgenev I’m the daughter of a peasant myself. The Torrents of Spring by Ivan Turgenev [1872]

D. H. Lawrence Once in Liguria we had a boat of our own and paddled with the peasant paddlers. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Guy de Maupassant The peasant was standing opposite the doctor, by the bedside of the dying old woman, and she, calmly resigned and quite lucid, looked at them and listened to their talking. The Devil (Le Diable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

G. K. Chesterton The Irish peasant has these qualities which are somewhat peculiar to Ireland, a strange purity and a strange pugnacity. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch Would you care to question the messenger?” The messenger was brought in-a peasant from the Penamacor district. The Two Scouts by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

Walter Scott Come, come, my lord, you do less than justice to your gallant kinsman, in wishing him a bride bred up under the milk-pail; for this girl is a peasant wench in all but the accident of birth. The Monastery by Walter Scott [1820]

I haven’t shot at a man since I killed that peasant at Doon for not taking off his cap to me. The Vengeance of Larose by Arthur Gask [1939]

Robert Louis Stevenson A blue-clad peasant rides home, with a harrow smoking behind him among the dry clods. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

The peasant wondered fifty times, if once, where Bruno could be gone. Signa by Ouida

He is a peasant priest, he didn’t know how to treat me. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Leo Tolstoy And again a village court scene, and a sentence carried into execution — the lash! “Ilia Vasilievich, could you not spare me that?” “No.” The peasant burst into tears. The Young Tsar by Leo Tolstoy

The peasant stepped aside, and inclining his head, said sullenly: “I won’t do it again. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Sinclair Lewis Dean of the American literary colony herewrites about French novelists and Austrian peasant furniture and Correggio and English hunting and Heaven knows what all. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Rudyard Kipling WHEN the Himalayan peasant meets the he-bear in his pride, He shouts to scare the monster, who will often turn aside. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

I would be a peasant from the next valley who had twisted his ankle . Mr. Standfast by John Buchan [1919]

John Lewis Burckhard The peasant who rears silk-worms is reckoned to pay about twenty or twenty- five per cent. Travels in Syria and the Holy Land by John Lewis Burckhard

Ann Radcliffe They arrived at one of the cottages which the Earl had observed from the height; they entered, and the peasant presented his guest to a venerable old Highlander, his father. The Castles of Athlin and Dunbayne by Ann Radcliffe [1789]

Charles Kingsley Oh Love, Love, Love, the same in peasant and in peer! The more honour to you, then, old Love, to be the same thing in this world which is common to peasant and to peer. Two Years Ago by Charles Kingsley

James Joyce The peasant women stood at the half-doors, the men stood here and there. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

At last the peasant reappeared, and said to me — “Come, our father has given orders that the officer be brought in. The Daughter of the Commandant by Aleksandr Pushkin

Tobias Smolle In Burgundy I saw a peasant ploughing the ground with a jack-ass, a lean cow, and a he-goat, yoked together. Travels through France and Italy by Tobias Smolle

Guy de Maupassant The peasant was almost insane. Saint Anthony (Saint-Antoine) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Ivan Turgenev The peasant woman asked the servant why she had not come to see her on the holiday the day before. The Inn by Ivan Turgenev

George Gissing A peasant from a neighbouring farm declared that all the people of Tibur, men, women, and children, had perished under the Gothic sword, not even ministers of religion having found mercy. Veranilda by George Gissing [1903]

D. H. Lawrence And yesterday, up this slope the old peasant had come with his two brilliant daughters and the pack-pony. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Nathaniel Hawthorne Could they be really a peasant and a contadina, do you imagine?” “No, no,” said the other. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

It is the season when the peasant has the least to do. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence The peasant went out and looked with pride at his young rooster. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

They see the peasant smiles very little, and altogether is not very kindly disposed and wants to disaccustom himself to the authorities. Mother by Maksim Gorky

D. H. Lawrence Let us be quick!” The peasant looked round in fear, wondering sulkily why he had let himself in for this doom. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant Are you willing?” The peasant woman began to understand. The Adopted Son (Aux champs) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

C——n says he has seen peasant women in Andalusia in the same style of beauty, and quite as handsome. Life in Mexico by Frances Calderon de la Barca [1843]

A peasant was carrying hay from a roadside meadow. The House of the Four Winds by John Buchan

Ford Madox Ford The peasant had always spoilt every advance in the ideas of the world. Last Post by Ford Madox Ford [1928]

Andrew Lang There was once upon a time a peasant called Masaniello who had twelve daughters. The Grey Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Henry James These represented generally a bunch of dew-sprinkled roses, with the dew-drops very highly finished, or else a wayside shrine, and a peasant woman, with her back turned, kneeling before it. Roderick Hudson by Henry James [1875]

Arthur Conan Doyle Sir Thomas Walton, Richard of Ireland one of the Squires, and Hulbitee the big peasant had all fallen before the mace of the dwarf Raguenel or the swords of his companions. Sir Nigel by Arthur Conan Doyle [1906]

E. Phillips Oppenheim A Russian peasant now and then is a treat to them. The Ostrekoff Jewels by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1932]

Guy de Maupassan The peasant took the seat with a “Thank you, kindly,” and then waited as if he had nothing whatever to say. Une Vie (A Woman’s Life) by Guy de Maupassan

A peasant told of the disorders in Tver, which he said were caused by the arrest of the Land Committees. “This Kerensky is nothing but a shield to the pomieshtchiki (landowners),” he cried. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

She found a peasant and his wife, hard working, bent down by care and labour, distributing a scanty meal to five hungry babes. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley [1831]

Walter Scott But her progress was as different from that of her brother, as the fire of heaven differs from that grosser element which the peasant piles upon his smouldering hearth. Saint Ronan’s Well by Walter Scott [1824]

G. K. Chesterton But the Irish peasant also has qualities which are common to all peasants, and his nation has qualities that are common to all healthy nations. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

Ann Radcliffe The Confessor, however, continued his steps, and the peasant kept pace with him, still loosely holding his garment. The Italian by Ann Radcliffe [1796]

I count a peasant family, the women in black shawls and the men wearing wide, black sashes, rather as our guests than as strangers; and I am often there still with no sense of molestation. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

An Irish peasant would have long since come to terms with the creature. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

Robert Green Ingersoll And I said I would rather have been a French peasant and worn wooden shoes. On Skulls by Robert Green Ingersoll

T. E. Lawrence Wadi Musa village was our first peasant recruit. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Another peasant came up to her side. Mother by Maksim Gorky

But the next moment she saw that the blue-eyed peasant was standing near him and also looking at her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

In the mean time, while I thus pampered myself with rich mental repasts, a peasant would have disdained my scanty fare, which I sometimes robbed from the squirrels of the forest. The Last Man by Mary Shelley

T. E. Lawrence I rested next day in Nasir’s tent, among his peasant visitors; sorting out the too-abundant news furnished by their quick wit and goodwill. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Andrew Lang The peasant had the money with him, so he gave it to the clerk, and went home again with high hopes. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Matthew Arnold The peasant was the object of Madame Sand’s fondest predilections in the present, and happiest hopes in the future. George Sand by Matthew Arnold [1877]

Andrew Lang Others may have riches, beauty and wit, but as for me I desire nothing but to be the poor peasant girl I always was, working hard for those she loves. The Lilac Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence The peasant women sit behind their wares, their home-woven linen skirts, hugely full, and of various colours, ballooning round them. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Andrew Lang From the Danish. There once lived in Denmark a peasant and his wife who owned a very good farm, but had no children. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Against the horizon a peasant boy leaned on his staff and darkled against the darkening sky. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle The peasant had been sulky and surly for a little time back, hardly answering when spoken to, but he now stopped short and positively refused to go a step farther. The Mystery of Cloomber by Arthur Conan Doyle [1889]

G. K. Chesterton Foremost among the men on the beach Syme saw the peasant who had driven their cart. The Man Who Was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Is that what it is to have talents? to make dancing wantons live unperishing and drive innocent souls mad with sick passions? I praise heaven that I am a peasant and a fool. Signa by Ouida

D. H. Lawrence A black-and-white peasant on his pony, only a dot in the distance beyond the foliage, still flashes and dominates the landscape. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Permit me — I——” The peasant pulled his feet uneasily. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Other men were free to come and go, to follow the evil that they dreaded, and seek it out and combat it; but the peasant cannot stir. Signa by Ouida

R. D. Blackmore In the morning a peasant found him there, not drowned but hanged, with eyes wide open, a swaying corpse upon a creaking chain. Mary Anerley by R. D. Blackmore [1880]

H. P. Lovecraft Old Michel was said to have burnt his wife alive as a sacrifice to the Devil, and the unaccountable disappearance of many small peasant children was laid at the dreaded door of these two. The Alchemist by H. P. Lovecraft [1908]

George Meredith A peasant was singing in a field near by, and the bells of a church were chiming in the distance. Correspondence from the seat of War in Italy by George Meredith [1866]

D.H. Lawrence He is no longer a peasant working out an idea, conveying a dogma. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence So the man with scars let the peasant go from him, for the peasant had no rebirth in him. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

The few scattered peasant who were its parishoners went one by one into the quietness and darkness and stillness. Signa by Ouida

Anthony Trollope Henri and de Lescure were standing under the garden wall, and as the animal drew near them, they saw it was a jaded donkey, ridden by a peasant girl. La Vendée by Anthony Trollope

She was some peasant girl, doubtless, whom her parents had sold into slavery. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

He took off his hat in the presence of this common peasant man, because he knew that there was another and a more awful presence hovering about the room, and eager to be admitted. Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1862]

D. H. Lawrence A peasant girl in Nuoro costume sat facing me, and a dark-bearded, middle-aged man in a brown velveteen suit was next me and glowering at her. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

At two o’clock the Land Decree was put to vote, with only one against and the peasant delegates wild with joy. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Swine were straggling about in the square, and on the steps of the town hail sat a bald, thin-bearded peasant smoking a pipe. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Guy de Maupassant She was a young, light haired peasant girl, whose milk white cheeks and pale hair looked as if they had lost their color by their long abode amidst the ice. The Inn (L'Auberge) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Benjamin Disraeli Imagine the speedy redress gained by a muddy-veined peasant against one of the cousins; who, of course, had as many quarterings as the Margrave himself. Vivian Grey by Benjamin Disraeli [1827]

All such refinements are unknown in the East; the Pasha and the peasant have the same tastes. Eothen by Alexander William Kinglake [1844]

Maxim Gorky In actual life what they say is silly and incoherent, and at first you can not make out what a peasant wants to say. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

The wealthy man who had been a peasant lad delighted to act the jovial host to sons of petty magnates from his home. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Sometimes it seemed to her as if the broad-shouldered, black-bearded peasant and her well-built, sturdy son had both gone blind. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Ivan Turgenev A peasant was walking beside it. The Diary of a Superfluous Man and other stories by Ivan Turgenev

Isabella Bird So far as I can learn, the Persian peasant enjoys a tolerable security of tenure so long as he pays his rent. Journeys in Persia and Kurdistan by Isabella Bird [1891]

Leo Tolstoy The peasant who had been begging because his horse had died was named Mitri Sudarikov. He had spent the whole day before he went to the squire over his dead horse. There are No Guilty People by Leo Tolstoy

Guy de Maupassan His long, thick eyelashes accentuated the passionate eloquence of his expression which wrought havoc in the drawing-rooms of society, and made peasant girls carrying baskets turn round to look at him. The History of a Heart by Guy de Maupassan

D. H. Lawrence We see our old grimy black-and-white peasant greeted by his two women who have come to meet him with the pony—daughters handsome in vivid rose and green costume. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

Algernon Blackwood A peasant in a lower valley directed me, adding that ‘le monsieur anglais’ was dead and buried two days before —” “Mason, that is?” The other nodded. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

Miles Franklin Would that I were more worthy to be one of you — more a typical Australian peasant — cheerful, honest, brave! I love you, I love you. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

T. E. Lawrence We sent against them armed parties of Nairn, a peasant tribe which had joined us last night at Sheikh Miskin, as appointed by Nasir, to do what they could. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

D. H. Lawrence The peasant quailed, and was powerless under the look of deathly indifference and strange, cold resoluteness. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Andrew Lang With tears and groans the peasant told him the whole dreadful story, and the hare, filled with anger and compassion, comforted him as best he could, and promised to help him in his revenge. The Pink Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

Her one-idead peasant mind was as inaccessible as a closed iron safe. The Arrow of Gold by Joseph Conrad [1919]

Those men of mine? They are of the rough peasant type whom I pity but cannot love. Nightmare! by Francis Stevens

F. Scott Fitzgerald Presently Dick found them, surrounded by women who were examining them with delight like fine goods, and by peasant children staring. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Horace Walpole May she be happy, whatever becomes of me!” “This is a lover!” cried Manfred in a rage: “a peasant within sight of death is not animated by such sentiments. The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole [1764]

E. Phillips Oppenheim It was a Sicilian love song which she was singing; the song of a peasant whose bride lies dead by his side, the victim of another’s jealousy. To Win the Love He Sought by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1895]

Ivan Turgenev In fact the peasant never got his brother home again; he died as he was, lying in the cart. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Ivan Turgenev Now you, my wise friend,” he added, addressing the peasant on the box. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Guy de Maupassant How did you begin it?” The peasant cast an uneasy glance towards his family, who remained in a listening attitude behind him. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

Anton Chekhov I have been a Slavophile in my time, I used to pester Aksakov with letters, and I was a Ukrainophile, and an archæologist, and a collector of specimens of peasant art. The Chorus Girl and other stories by Anton Chekhov

Tobias Smolle The peasant had purchased a few law terms at a considerable expense, and he thought he had a right to turn his knowledge to the annoyance of all his neighbours. The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves by Tobias Smolle

Robert Louis Stevenson Once or twice, as I say, in the course of the ages, the forest may have served the peasant well, but at heart it is a royal forest, and noble by old associations. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

A peasant came to live in it; a very poor labouring man, who could hardly keep body and soul together; but he was enough for the work of the place. Signa by Ouida

Leon Trotsky After the capture of Kazan by the Whites, she went into the enemy camp to reconnoitre, disguised as a peasant woman. My Life by Leon Trotsky

The despair of the poor peasant women had been reawakened, and their sobs and moans filled the immense hall. The Honor of the Name by Émile Gaboriau

D.H. Lawrence Further down, every mountain peasant lifted his hat. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

This peasant girl was self-educated through her own natural meditativeness. Joan of Arc by Thomas De Quincey

And I plunged right into the midst of the bushes, and heard a peasant ploughing alone on the clearing about thirty paces away. The Peasant Marey by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1876]

Lady Morgan At the drawbridge he was met by a peasant whom he had known and to whom he gave his horse. The Wild Irish Girl by Lady Morgan [1806]

He regarded it with something of the veneration which the religious Russian peasant regards his Icon. “Dora!” he murmured. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Ivan Turgenev One day a peasant from a neighboring village brought over to Vassily Ivanovich his brother, who was stricken with typhus. Fathers and Sons by Ivan Turgenev

Jules Verne Besides, if there was not an inn, the house of the Russian peasant would have been no less hospitable. Michael Strogoff by Jules Verne [1876]

Andrew Lang For the story is full of those artless, lisping numbers of the popular French Muse, the ancient ballads that Gerard collected and put in the mouth of Sylvie, the pretty peasant girl. Letters on Literature by Andrew Lang

D. H. Lawrence So when the peasant would have helped him to rise, for night had fallen, the man who had died said: “Don’t touch me, brother. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Guy de Maupassant What an old ass your father is!” The peasant repeated: “‘Tisn’t possible!” “Why, yes. Old Amable (Père Amable) by Guy de Maupassant [1886]

Such a happy life! I say a peasant has no business to marry. Mother by Maksim Gorky

In the season of the malaria the native peasant flies the rank vegetation round; but he, a stranger and a foreigner, no associates, no companions, except books and instruments of science. Zanoni by Edward Bulwer-Lytton [1842]

Robert Louis Stevenson It is certainly not poverty that drives them to the great cities or across the seas, for many peasant families, I was told, have a fortune of at least 40,000 francs. Collected Essays by Robert Louis Stevenson

D. H. Lawrence This peasant was poor, he lived in a cottage of mud-brick, and had only a dirty little inner courtyard with a tough fig tree for all his territory. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

There was not a peasant in Raynham village who had not as much right to enter the castle, and as good a chance of a welcome, as he who had once been acknowledged heir to that proud domain. Run to Earth by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

Andrew Lang The old nurse died, leaving her cottage and the few articles of furniture it contained to her poor lady, who dwelt in it, working as a peasant for her daily bread. The Red Fairy Book by Andrew Lang

I think the Irish peasant had all his heart. Synge and the Ireland of His Time by William Butler Yeats [1911]

G. K. Chesterton To be a Socialist was to look down on all the peasant owners of the earth, especially on the peasant owners of his own island. George Bernard Shaw by G. K. Chesterton [1909]

M. P. Shiel Max Dees was born of peasant parents thirty-two years before, within two miles of Schweinstein burg. The Last Miracle by M. P. Shiel [1906]

D. H. Lawrence She wore a peasant dress of blue cotton sprigged with little red roses, that buttoned tight over her strong maiden breasts. The Prussian Officer and other stories by D. H. Lawrence

Sinclair Lewis He came to accept it as any other peasant accepts the long way to his hut, dark and meaningless and weary to tired legs. Dodsworth by Sinclair Lewis

Walter Scott The leathern doublet of the slain bespoke him an English peasant — the body lay on its face, and the arrow which had caused his death still stuck in his back. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

D.H. Lawrence The leader is the son of a peasant proprietor. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

D. H. Lawrence In front were the little girl-children, two by two, immediately following the tall men in peasant black-and-white. Sea and Sardinia by D. H. Lawrence [1921]

H. G. Wells Such incidents are magnified in the London Press as peasant insurrections against the Bolsheviks. They are nothing of the sort. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Thomas Love Peacock Her apparel was rustic, but there was in its style something more recherchee, in its arrangement something more of elegance and precision, than was common to the mountain peasant girl. Crotchet Castle by Thomas Love Peacock

It was a girl called Maria, a big fat peasant girl who lived at our hotel. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Born a peasant in a peasant’s hut, not very clear even about his own humble kin, learning had opened windows for him and given him a prospect beyond his station. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

The peasant dances — a trifle clumsily — at harvest feast when the grain is garnered. ’On with the Dance!’ by Ambrose Bierce

H. G. Wells The white woman in the materially prosperous nations is more of a sexual specialist than her sister of the poor and austere peoples, of the prosperous classes more so than the peasant woman. A Modern Utopia by H. G. Wells [1905]

No Irish peasant would treat a captured faery as did the man Campbell tells of. The Celtic Twilight by William Butler Yeats [1893]

H. G. Wells Slave revolts, peasant revolts, revolts of the proletariat have always been fits of rage, acute social fevers which have passed. The New World Order by H. G. Wells

Nathaniel Hawthorne The countenance of each was covered with an impenetrable black mask; but one seemed a peasant of the Campagna; the other, a contadina in her holiday costume. The Marble Faun by Nathaniel Hawthorne [1860]

Guy de Maupassant Broad-sides of obscenities were exchanged across the table, and all about the wedding-night, until the whole arsenal of peasant wit was exhausted. A Normandy Joke (Farce Normande) by Guy de Maupassant [1882]

But by this time the great peasant insurrection had added its warning, to which it was impossible to remain deaf. Chaucer by Adolphus William Ward [1879]

Frances Hodgson Burnett She knew the excellence of her type as it had revealed itself to her in the best peasant class. The Head of the House of Coombe by Frances Hodgson Burnett [1922]

D. H. Lawrence The peasant closed the door, and passed through the inner doorway into the yard, where the ass stood within the high walls, safe from being stolen. The Man Who Died by D. H. Lawrence

Thomas Love Peacock A peasant observed the pilgrims as they entered that narrow pass, and called after them: “Whither go you, my masters? there are rogues in that direction. Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock

Miles Franklin The life of a peasant is, to a peasant who is a peasant with a peasant’s soul, when times are good and when seasons smile, a grand life. My Brilliant Career by Miles Franklin

H. G. Wells Many people have returned to peasant life in the country, many have gone abroad, but hardship has taken an enormous toll of this city. Russia in the Shadows by H. G. Wells

Samuel Johnson The Chief has lost his formidable retinue; and the Highlander walks his heath unarmed and defenceless, with the peaceable submission of a French peasant or English cottager. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Bruno had set a torch in the ring in the wall of his stone stable, and was still threshing by its light with the peasant whom he had hired to help him. Signa by Ouida

Guy de Maupassant How did you get the wound on your face?” The peasant gave no reply. No Quarter (Le Père Milon) by Guy de Maupassant [1883]

I begged Lady Burton to keep it, but her peasant confessor said ‘Destroy it,’ so it was burnt along with a hundred other beautiful things. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Law is above all men, king and peasant alike. The Blanket of the Dark by John Buchan [1931]

Arthur Conan Doyle When the house was cleared I took a bucket of water out for Violette, and our peasant guide showed me where the good Mayor kept his fodder. The Exploits of Brigadier Gerard by Arthur Conan Doyle [1896]

William Cowper The peasant too, a witness of his song, Himself a songster, is as gay as he. The Task by William Cowper [1785]

Rudyard Kipling But the she-bear thus accosted rends the peasant tooth and nail. The Years Between by Rudyard Kipling [1919]

Azaya, a great clumping peasant girl who worked fourteen hours a day in a glass factory, sang a song about, ‘il a perdu ses pantalons, tout en dansant le charleston. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Guy de Maupassant Not until the blue blouse of the young peasant was out of sight would he lower his thin white head to the grass. Coco by Guy de Maupassant [1884]

There was a dead body lying upon the hills as far away as Mosciano — the body of a poor sister of the order, a peasant woman — and the bier and catafalque were going out to fetch her. Signa by Ouida

I asked a peasant opposite; yes, that was the Ems–Jade Canal. Had Davies forgotten it? It would have greatly strengthened his halting sketch. The Riddle of the Sands by Erskine Childers [1903]

D.H. Lawrence He was a peasant of fifty-three, very grey and wrinkled and worn-looking, but at the same time robust, with full strong limbs and a powerful chest. Twilight in Italy by D.H. Lawrence [1916]

Washington Irving It brought the peasant and the peer together, and blended all ranks in one warm generous flow of joy and kindness. The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving