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provincial
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War and Peace
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  • All the evening Nicholas paid attention to a blue-eyed, plump and pleasing little blonde, the wife of one of the provincial officials.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • To the latter—as distinguished from village, country, provincial, or even Moscow life—we may allot Petersburg life, and especially the life of its salons.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Catherine Petrovna did actually play valses and the ecossaise, and dancing began in which Nicholas still further captivated the provincial society by his agility.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • In Petersburg they were provincials, and the very people they had entertained in Moscow without inquiring to what set they belonged, here looked down on them.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • During the movement of the Russian army from Tarutino to Krasnoe it lost fifty thousand sick or stragglers, that is a number equal to the population of a large provincial town.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Marya Ignatevna Peronskaya, a thin and shallow maid of honor at the court of the Dowager Empress, who was a friend and relation of the countess and piloted the provincial Rostovs in Petersburg high society, was to accompany them to the ball.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • The doctor insisted on the necessity of moving the prince; the provincial Marshal of the Nobility sent an official to Princess Mary to persuade her to get away as quickly as possible, and the head of the rural police having come to Bogucharovo urged the same thing, saying that the French were only some twenty-five miles away, that French proclamations were circulating in the villages, and that if the princess did not take her father away before the fifteenth, he could not answer for…  (not reviewed by editor)

  • …the prince gave his instructions to Alpatych, Dessalles, having asked to see Princess Mary, told her that, as the prince was not very well and was taking no steps to secure his safety, though from Prince Andrew's letter it was evident that to remain at Bald Hills might be dangerous, he respectfully advised her to send a letter by Alpatych to the Provincial Governor at Smolensk, asking him to let her know the state of affairs and the extent of the danger to which Bald Hills was exposed.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • Provincial life in 1812 went on very much as usual, but with this difference, that it was livelier in the towns in consequence of the arrival of many wealthy families from Moscow, and as in everything that went on in Russia at that time a special recklessness was noticeable, an "in for a penny, in for a pound—who cares?" spirit, and the inevitable small talk, instead of turning on the weather and mutual acquaintances, now turned on Moscow, the army, and Napoleon.  (not reviewed by editor)

  • It's a pleasure to talk to a man like that; he is not like our provincials," he would say.  (not reviewed by editor)

Samples from Other Sources
  • In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.

  • narrow provincial attitudes

  • Without consideration, he dismissed her ideas as provincial.

  • To the urbane, such a view sometimes sounds embarrassingly provincial.
    Nicholas Eberstadt  --  Starved for Ideas  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.7134/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)

  • In the years since, ... educational thinkers have unapologetically called for schooling to free students from the yoke of their family`s provincial understandings.
    Frederick M. Hess  --  What Is a "Public School"?  --  http://www.aei.org/publications/pubID.19900/pub_detail.asp(retrieved 06/29/06)

  • He was one of Herat`s best-connected men, friend of the mayor and the provincial governor.
    Khaled Hosseini  --  A Thousand Splendid Suns

  • ...to correct Henry`s provincial manners and speech and clothing.
    William Faulkner  --  Absalom, Absalom!

  • It was as if we were a provincial audience,
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
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