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  • The government nationalized all arable land.
  • And in many ways the animal method of doing things was more efficient and saved labour. Such jobs as weeding, for instance, could be done with a thoroughness impossible to human beings. And again, since no animal now stole, it was unnecessary to fence off pasture from arable land, which saved a lot of labour on the upkeep of hedges and gates. Nevertheless, as the summer wore on, various unforeseen shortages began to make them selves felt.
    George Orwell  --  Animal Farm
  • It was not lawn, nor pasture, nor mead, nor woodland, nor lea, nor arable, nor waste land.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Its swaths of deep brush and arable land made it great for farming but less appealing for honeymoons and hedonism.
    Wes Moore  --  The Other Wes Moore

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  • One of the few arable fields was immediately to our left.
    John Wyndham  --  The Chrysalids
  • Every scrap of arable land had been terraced and planted with barley, bitter buckwheat, or potatoes.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • He had plenty of arable land and pasturage, and could keep as many head of cattle as he liked.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  How Much Land Does a Man Need?
  • Bands of farmers blanketed the slopes, planting poppies on every arable surface.
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • ’It is not a bad plan, I can assure you, wife, and the Italians do not waste the straw by not cutting it with the grain; having more arable than pasture land, they use this high stubble for their cattle, letting them feed in it, and eat what grain is left; afterward, allowing the grass to grow up among it, they mow all together for winter fodder.
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The river that runs through it makes of it, as it were, two regions with distinct physiognomies—all on the left is pasture land, all of the right arable.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • Upriver there was no more arable land.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  The Thief
  • This is not a recognized line of English verse, but it suits an age when poetry has been taught not to put on airs, and in Day Lewis’s hands it has its modest virtues: I remember once beneath the battlements of Oebalia, Where dark Galesus waters the golden fields of corn, I saw an old man, a Corycian, who owned a few poor acres Of land once derelict, useless for arable, No good for grazing, unfit for the cultivation of vines.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • One couldn’t take money for the milk, and no cow could be slaughtered for food, though rarely one might be sold to buy a piece of arable land or for some other truly important purpose.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Four centuries of terra-forming had made the atmosphere breathable and a few million acres of land arable.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • The only marks on the uniformity of the scene were a rick of last year’s produce standing in the midst of the arable, the rooks that rose at his approach, and the path athwart the fallow by which he had come, trodden now by he hardly knew whom, though once by many of his own dead family.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • A small part of the land—the worst part—he let out for rent, while a hundred acres of arable land he cultivated himself with his family and two hired laborers.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • His eyes he opened, and beheld a field, Part arable and tilth, whereon were sheaves New reaped; the other part sheep-walks and folds; I’ the midst an altar as the land-mark stood, Rustick, of grassy sord; thither anon A sweaty reaper from his tillage brought First fruits, the green ear, and the yellow sheaf, Unculled, as came to hand; a shepherd next, More meek, came with the firstlings of his flock, Choicest and best; then, sacrificing, laid The inwards and their fat, with incense…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The clear, kingly effulgence that had characterized the majority expressed a heath and furze country like their own, which in one direction extended an unlimited number of miles; the rapid flares and extinctions at other points of the compass showed the lightest of fuel—straw, beanstalks, and the usual waste from arable land.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • Forty acres of arable land, with sheep, horses, pigs, cows, and enough corn in the barns for three years ahead!
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • Most of the mountains are arable, and even the prairies, in this section of the republic, are of deep alluvion.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The mountains are generally arable to the tops, although instances are not wanting where the sides are jutted with rocks that aid greatly in giving to the country that romantic and picturesque character which it so eminently possesses.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • Attolia and Sounis seemed content for the moment to war against each other, but Eddis had to have her tiny amounts of arable land planted carefully or her people wouldn’t have the food to withstand another winter without trade.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • …on Merrion Avenue valued at $2,000 apiece, or at $5,500 for all three; the house on Woodson Street valued at $5,000; 110 acres of wooded mountainside with a farm-house, several hundred peach, apple and cherry trees, and a few acres of arable ground for which Gant received $120 a year in rent, and which they valued at $50 an acre, $5,500; two houses, one on Carter Street, and one on Duncan, rented to railway people, for which they received $25 a month apiece, and which they valued…
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Arable lands are few and limited; with but slight exceptions the prospect is a broad rich mass of grass and trees, mantling minor hills and dales within the major.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • ), or to go about and beg? and if they do this they are put in prison as idle vagabonds, while they would willingly work but can find none that will hire them; for there is no more occasion for country labour, to which they have been bred, when there is no arable ground left.
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • The cattle-yard, the garden, hay fields, and arable land, divided into several parts, had to be made into separate lots.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Rhea was a large port surrounded by sufficient arable land to support a thriving town.
    Megan Whalen Turner  --  Queen of Attolia
  • The plantation wherein she had taken shelter ran down at this spot into a peak, which ended it hitherward, outside the hedge being arable ground.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • To decline to marry him after all—in obedience to her emotion of last night—and leave the dairy, meant to go to some strange place, not a dairy; for milkmaids were not in request now calving-time was coming on; to go to some arable farm where no divine being like Angel Clare was.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The further he rode, the happier he became, and plans for the land rose to his mind each better than the last; to plant all his fields with hedges along the southern borders, so that the snow should not lie under them; to divide them up into six fields of arable and three of pasture and hay; to build a cattle yard at the further end of the estate, and to dig a pond and to construct movable pens for the cattle as a means of manuring the land.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • First she inquired for the lighter kinds of employment, and, as acceptance in any variety of these grew hopeless, applied next for the less light, till, beginning with the dairy and poultry tendance that she liked best, she ended with the heavy and course pursuits which she liked least—work on arable land: work of such roughness, indeed, as she would never have deliberately voluteered for.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
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