It was in the darkest days of serfdom at the beginning of the century, and long live the Liberator of the People!
One day a serf-boy, a little child of eight, threw a stone in play and hurt the paw of the general’s favorite hound.
It’s simple lust of power, of filthy earthly gain, of domination—something like a universal serfdom with them as masters—that’s all they stand for.
A serf of hers called Pyotr was at once suspected, and every circumstance confirmed the suspicion.
They are not servile, and even after two centuries of serfdom they are free in manner and bearing, yet without insolence, and not revengeful and not envious.
It looked as though the gentleman belonged to that class of idle landowners who used to flourish in the times of serfdom.
There were even two or three outbreaks of applause when he spoke of serfdom and the distressed condition of Russia.
This playful paragraph finished, of course, with an outburst of generous indignation at the wickedness of parricide and at the lately abolished institution of serfdom.
They want to put a monument to your Pushkin for writing about women’s feet, while I wrote with a moral purpose, and you,’ said he, ’are an advocate of serfdom.
The whole effect on the public, of Rakitin’s speech, of his noble sentiments, of his attacks upon serfdom and the political disorder of Russia, was this time finally ruined.
He attributed the tragic crime to the habits that had become ingrained by ages of serfdom and the distressed condition of Russia, due to the lack of appropriate institutions.
He had unmistakably been, at some time, in good and fashionable society, had once had good connections, had possibly preserved them indeed, but, after a gay youth, becoming gradually impoverished on the abolition of serfdom, he had sunk into the position of a poor relation of the best class, wandering from one good old friend to another and received by them for his companionable and accommodating disposition and as being, after all, a gentleman who could be asked to sit down with any…
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"Yes, my squalid little serf," I said, and fluttered my hands in royal dispensation.
Gillian Flynn -- Gone Girl
Then came a cart, and behind that walked an old, bandy-legged domestic serf in a peaked cap and sheepskin coat.