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as in:  a pastoral scene

The cabin was charming in its pastoral setting.
  relating to the countryside — especially idealizing charmingly simple and serene country life
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  • The cabin was charming in its pastoral setting.
  • She often listens to Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony to relax.
  • wants to retreat from the city to a life of pastoral solitude among simple breeders of sheep
  • the pastoral legends of America’s Golden Age

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  • An artist friend fitted her out with his castoff palettes, brushes, and colors, and she daubed away, producing pastoral and marine views such as were never seen on land or sea.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • "It is pastoral," she said, looking around.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • Maia had been silent the whole way to the Praetor, as the sun had risen higher in the sky and the surroundings had turned from the crowded buildings of Manhattan to the traffic-clogged Long Island Expressway, to the pastoral small towns and farms of the North Fork.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Every wall was covered with tapestries: hunting scenes, court scenes, pastoral scenes.
    Gail Carson Levine  --  Ella Enchanted
  • Old sycamore trees and maples shaded the sidewalks at the edge of the park, and the dappled sunlight aglow on the gently sloping meadow of the Parade Grounds gave the setting a serene, almost pastoral quality.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Here and there was a pastoral landscape, or an animal study, but most were of the family and their connections.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander

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  • Ahead, beyond the tidy and pastoral, loomed the ruins.
    Nora Roberts  --  Dark Witch
  • A pastoral island of around 7,200 amid an exurb of some five million people, Clarkston is still, improbably enough, a town.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Only when he coasted on the cloud, skimming over the autumnal colors of the pastoral world, only then did he realize what he hated most about Val’s letter.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • We drove over to Fifth Avenue, so warm and soft, almost pastoral, on the summer Sunday afternoon that I wouldn’t have been surprised to see a great flock of white sheep turn the corner.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  The Great Gatsby
  • Our church gathering around us in the eye of the storm would change the way Sonja and I approached pastoral visitation in times of trial and grief.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real
  • Each must have assumed that the others were there for some business other than pastoral and had rudely chosen that moment to deal with it.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • The scene represents a pastoral landscape.
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • It was understood that this learned man was the physician as well as friend of the young minister, whose health had severely suffered of late by his too unreserved self-sacrifice to the labours and duties of the pastoral relation.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • I have, therefore, chosen this drawing-room, where you see, smiling and happy in their magnificent frames, your portrait, mine, my mother’s, and all sorts of rural landscapes and touching pastorals.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Quite a pastoral state of innocence all round," returned Miss Belle with a shrug.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • After his discharge from the hospital, he returned to the tiny Noborimachi chapel he had helped build, and there he continued his self-abnegating pastoral life.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • Kuluse’s child was recovered, and Kumalo went about his pastoral duties.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • ’We seem delightfully like those simple and pastoral tribes I have read of,’ said Ernest, as we proceeded, ’whose whole lives are spent in shifting from place to place, without any wish to settle.’
    Johann Wyss  --  The Swiss Family Robinson
  • The air is filled with the bleating of calves and sheep, and the hustling of oxen, as if a pastoral valley were going by.
    Henry David Thoreau  --  Walden
  • The pastoral quality down on the summer Riviera is all changing anyhow—next year they’ll have a Season.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Tender is the Night
  • A HARD BISHOPRIC FOR A GOOD BISHOP The Bishop did not omit his pastoral visits because he had converted his carriage into alms.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Unlike the crotchety old farmer with a heart of gold that is one of the staples of pastoral literature, old man Henty was as mean as cat dirt.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • It was an oddly pastoral scene, tranquil under the blue gaze of the sky.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Glass
  • No weather seemed to hinder him in these pastoral excursions: rain or fair, he would, when his hours of morning study were over, take his hat, and, followed by his father’s old pointer, Carlo, go out on his mission of love or duty — I scarcely know in which light he regarded it.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The best actors in the world, either for tragedy, comedy, history, pastoral, pastoral-comical, historical-pastoral, tragical-historical, tragical-comical-historical-pastoral, scene individable, or poem unlimited: Seneca cannot be too heavy nor Plautus too light.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • We feel that when a novelist lets nature speak out in this way he is poaching on the poet’s preserve, as Hardy does in the pastoral episode at Talbothays dairy in Tess of the D’Urbervilles, beginning a chapter with "On a thyme-scented, bird-hatching morning in May."
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Now, the traditional elegy, the pastoral elegy, has historically been written for a young man, a friend of the poet, often a poet himself, who died much too young.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • Nevertheless, and although he himself did not seem to notice it, those letters of recuperation and stimulation were slowly changing into pastoral letters of disenchantment.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • His pastoral letter was prophetic.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Sancho followed on Dapple, together with all the members of the pastoral gathering, eager to see what would be the upshot of his vainglorious and extraordinary proposal.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • The bishops had gathered together earlier in the week and drafted a pastoral letter to be read from every pulpit that Sunday.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • Moreover, at that time the Bishop of Riohacha went there on a pastoral visit, riding under the pallium on his celebrated white mule with the trappings embroidered in gold.
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez  --  Love in the Time of Cholera
  • He observed her dejection one day, when he had casually mentioned something to her about pastoral life in ancient Greece.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Tess of the d’Urbervilles
  • The agricultural and pastoral character of the people upon whom the town depended for its existence was shown by the class of objects displayed in the shop windows.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • Come, take your flowers; Methinks I play as I have seen them do In Whitsun pastorals: sure, this robe of mine Does change my disposition.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Winter’s Tale
  • In the picture men lived again in a kind of pastoral golden age.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • He ceased; and the arch-angelick Power prepared For swift descent; with him the cohort bright Of watchful Cherubim: four faces each Had, like a double Janus; all their shape Spangled with eyes more numerous than those Of Argus, and more wakeful than to drouse, Charmed with Arcadian pipe, the pastoral reed Of Hermes, or his opiate rod.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • The butter must not be forgotten,—butter which Phoebe herself had churned, in her own rural home, and brought it to her cousin as a propitiatory gift,—smelling of clover-blossoms, and diffusing the charm of pastoral scenery through the dark-panelled parlor.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • But that same tape has been given to almost two hundred marital therapists, marital researchers, pastoral counselors, and graduate students in clinical psychology, as well as newlyweds, people who were recently divorced, and people who have been happily married for a long time—in other words, almost two hundred people who know a good deal more about marriage than I do—and none of them was any better than I was.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • She was, you might say, in a desert, pastoral condition of development and not up to the fancy stage of Belshazzar’s Feast of barbaric later days.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • When he drove off he waved to Bea; and Carol, lonely at the window above, was envious of their pastoral.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Stained-glass windows line the walls, colorful advertisements for God, pastoral scenes of angels doing angelic sorts of things—visiting villagers, telling them good news, petting sheep, cradling babies.
    Libba Bray  --  A Great and Terrible Beauty
  • The path wound across a meadow with scattered trees; then it dipped into a lane plumed with asters and purpling sprays of bramble, whence, through the light quiver of ash-leaves, the country unrolled itself in pastoral distances.
    Edith Wharton  --  The House of Mirth
  • THE ISLAND temple, built in the style of Nicholas Revett in the late 1780s, was intended as a point of interest, an eye-catching feature to enhance the pastoral ideal, and had of course no religious purpose at all.
    Ian McEwan  --  Atonement
  • M I C HAEL The crazy woman who’d barged in on our little pastoral counseling session was now promising Shay Bourne happy endings she could not deliver.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
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