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  • switched from designer labels to more plebeian clothes at Wal-Mart
  • Implicit in the play is a great divide between superiors and inferiors, patricians and plebeians.
    T.E. Kalem  --  Time, 1973  --,9171,907198,00.html#ixzz0YqB0cDQU(retrieved 12/05/09)
  • I had forgotten I was a plebeian, I was remembering I was a man.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee
  • a plebeian magistrate

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  • And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians;
    Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The patricians engaged in a perpetual struggle with the plebeians for the preservation of their ancient authorities and dignities;
    Alexander Hamilton  --  Federalist Papers
  • But the torches mark Empire territory, and the aux soldiers who get tunnel duty are probably Plebeians, the most lowborn of the Martials.
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • The omission threw her back to some ignominious spot at the Circle, some plebeian place of being a spokeswoman, a public shill.
    Dave Eggers  --  The Circle
  • Mine was chaotic, plebeian, and disjointed.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • The ashtrays (Leslie later elaborated) were of the type everyone was familiar with: usually black, circular, and stamped with such inscriptions as STORK CLUB, "2 I", EL MOROCCO or, in more plebeian settings, BETTY’S PLACE and JOE’S BAR.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice

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  • This is what we can afford; but also there’s an unspoken rule that the food has to be unwaveringly plebeian.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Cat’s Eye
  • He liked the community’s stasis, its plebeian virtues and unassuming mien.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • Villefort, as we have seen, belonged to the aristocratic party at Marseilles, Morrel to the plebeian; the first was a royalist, the other suspected of Bonapartism.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • St. Cyr and his kin had found their masters, in those same plebeians whom they had despised.
    Baroness Orczy  --  The Scarlet Pimpernel
  • But when, as in the case of Nicholas the Czar, the ringed crown of geographical empire encircles an imperial brain; then, the plebeian herds crouch abased before the tremendous centralization.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Cheerful and plebeian, shining for all alike.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Be that as it may, he had directed Mrs. Pocket to be brought up from her cradle as one who in the nature of things must marry a title, and who was to be guarded from the acquisition of plebeian domestic knowledge.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • This displacement, which places the "elegant" name on the plebeian and the rustic name on the aristocrat, is nothing else than an eddy of equality.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • But she chatted about penniless girls who hooked brilliant young men, about promising boys whose careers had been wrecked by marriage to the wrong woman; and she read to him every newspaper account of a celebrity divorcing his plebeian wife who could not live up to his eminent position.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • Rochester might probably win that noble lady’s love, if he chose to strive for it; is it likely he would waste a serious thought on this indigent and insignificant plebeian?’
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Deep ruffs, painfully wrought bands, and gorgeously embroidered gloves, were all deemed necessary to the official state of men assuming the reins of power, and were readily allowed to individuals dignified by rank or wealth, even while sumptuary laws forbade these and similar extravagances to the plebeian order.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • My brother Peter is every bit as plebeian as anyone that walks in two shoes— (laughter and hisses) Peter Stockmann.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • Amaranta, was so scandalized with the plebeian invasion that she went back to eating in the kitchen as in olden days.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • I had forgotten I was a plebeian, I was remembering I was a man.
    Mark Twain  --  A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court
  • Then followed such a thing as England had never seen before—the sacred person of the heir to the throne rudely buffeted by plebeian hands, and set upon and torn by dogs.
    Mark Twain  --  The Prince and The Pauper
  • It was a fair parallel between new Plebeianism and old Gentility.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • The haughty air of the Flemish hosier, by humiliating the courtiers, had touched in all these plebeian souls that latent sentiment of dignity still vague and indistinct in the fifteenth century.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • This plebeian Don Juan observed me from behind a hackney car and sent me in double envelopes an obscene photograph, such as are sold after dark on Paris boulevards, insulting to any lady.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • And do not suppose, senor, that I apply the term vulgar here merely to plebeians and the lower orders; for everyone who is ignorant, be he lord or prince, may and should be included among the vulgar.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Some attempts had been made, I noticed, to infuse new blood into this dwindling frame, by repairing the costly old wood-work here and there with common deal; but it was like the marriage of a reduced old noble to a plebeian pauper, and each party to the ill-assorted union shrunk away from the other.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • This was fun for a while, but he essayed a cigarette in his exaltation, and succumbed to a vulgar, plebeian reaction.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • A more plebeian one will answer my purpose just as well, and the pleasure of knowing whose heart my old one beats against—well, I won’t speak of that.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • Seduced by his personal charms and by the certainty of his family fortune, the girls in his circle held secret lotteries to determine who would spend time with him, and he gambled, too, on being with them, but he managed to keep himself in a state of grace, intact and tempting, until he succumbed without resistance to the plebeian charms of Fermina Daza.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Perhaps the love of glory only is at the bottom of this; so that the fair conclusion seems to be, that our countrymen have more of that love, and more of bravery, than any other plebeians.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • Let him take thee And hoist thee up to the shouting plebeians: Follow his chariot, like the greatest spot Of all thy sex; most monster-like, be shown For poor’st diminutives, for doits; and let Patient Octavia plough thy visage up With her prepared nails.
    William Shakespeare  --  Antony and Cleopatra
  • The page disappeared on this errand, and after a short interval, during which not a word was spoken on either side, opened the door for an important gentleman of about eight-and-thirty, of rather plebeian countenance, and with a very light head of hair, who leant over Mrs Wititterly for a little time, and conversed with her in whispers.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • In ancient Rome we have patricians, knights, plebeians, slaves; in the Middle Ages, feudal lords, vassals, guild-masters, journeymen, apprentices, serfs; in almost all of these classes, again, subordinate gradations.
    Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels  --  The Communist Manifesto
  • …to raise my aunt’s head from her pillow, the same air of preraphaelite simplicity and zeal which the little angels in the has-reliefs wear, who throng, with tapers in their hands, about the deathbed of Our Lady, as though those carved faces of stone, naked and grey like trees in winter, were, like them, asleep only, storing up life and waiting to flower again in countless plebeian faces, reverend and cunning as the face of Theodore, and glowing with the ruddy brilliance of ripe apples.
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • In the conittia tribuia, all citizens could vote, so the plebeian interest predominated.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Now (this is entirely between ourselves), is she very plebeian?’
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • I had always felt aversion to my uncourtly patronymic, and its very common, if not plebeian praenomen.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  William Wilson
  • The struggle between the patricians and plebeians of Rome must be considered in the same light: it was simply an intestine feud between the elder and younger branches of the same family.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Mrs Behn was a middle-class woman with all the plebeian virtues of humour, vitality and courage; a woman forced by the death of her husband and some unfortunate adventures of her own to make her living by her wits.
    Virginia Woolf  --  A Room of One’s Own
  • At sight of the dense volumes of smoke, mingled with vivid jets of flame, that gushed and eddied forth from this immense pile of earthly distinctions, the multitude of plebeian spectators set up a joyous shout, and clapped their hands with an emphasis that made the welkin echo.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Earth’s Holocaust
  • The patricians engaged in a perpetual struggle with the plebeians for the preservation of their ancient authorities and dignities; the Consuls, who were generally chosen out of the former body, were commonly united by the personal interest they had in the defense of the privileges of their order.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Joachim’s transfer into this stately container trimmed with rings and lion’s heads was strictly a one-man job, or so the fellow who brought it claimed, an associate of the undertaking establishment that had been hired, who was dressed in a short, black frock coat and wore a wedding ring on his plebeian hand, the yellow circlet embedded deep in flesh, which had, so to speak, overgrown it.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But then the adoration of Franklin to be found in all quarters was extraordinary, as Adams would later recount: His name was familiar to government and people, to kings, courtiers, nobility, clergy, and philosophers, as well as plebeians, to such a degree that there was scarcely a peasant or citizen, a valet de chambre, coachman or footman, a lady’s chambermaid or a scullion in a kitchen, who was not familiar with it, and who did not consider him as a friend of humankind.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • As for example, that Prayers, and Thanksgiving, be made in Words and Phrases, not sudden, nor light, nor Plebeian; but beautifull and well composed; For else we do not God as much honour as we can.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Has the Resistance been bribing some Plebeian drudge to sneak you in?
    Sabaa Tahir  --  An Ember in the Ashes
  • Thither, too, thronged the plebeian classes as freely as their betters, and in larger number.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
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