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Definition Middle Ages Europe:  a person who is bound to the land and owned with the land by the feudal lord
  • I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • At first he'd been a little standoffish—as if he were a lord and I were a serf, Jones thought—until he'd seen how the skipper treated him.
    Tom Clancy  --  The Hunt for Red October
  • In the feudal society of the Middle Ages, it was between feudal lord and serf; later on, between aristocrat and citizen.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie's World
  • They knew the stories of abandoned trains, of the crews that vanished in sudden bursts of rebellion against serfdom.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • I had a serf, Filka; just after his burial I called out forgetting 'Filka, my pipe!'
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  Crime and Punishment
  • The Templar, a serf in all but the name, can possess neither lands nor goods, and lives, moves, and breathes, but at the will and pleasure of another.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • JOCASTA A serf, the sole survivor who returned.
    Sophocles  --  Oedipus the King
  • The rapier stars glinted upon his serfdom: dawn reddened on release.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • He had begun to set a value on heads, shoulders and arms—their owners' value, even if the owner was a serf.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • She was a serf, but had received a European education.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • The serf wore the customary garb of serving-men at that period, and long before, in the old hereditary halls of England.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Whatever it was called-feudalism and serfdom or capitalism and industrial workers, it was unnatural and unjust.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
  • They had cut the whole of the big meadow, which had, in the years of serf labor, taken thirty scythes two days to mow.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • It was in the darkest days of serfdom at the beginning of the century, and long live the Liberator of the People!
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • Pressed us to her with the serf' ous way she read, to shove us away at just the moment, like dimwits, we seemed about to understand.
    Alice Walker  --  Everyday Use
  • The drawers he wore were baggy and dirty and he did indeed look like some sad and ill used serf or worse.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • Then came a cart, and behind that walked an old, bandy-legged domestic serf in a peaked cap and sheepskin coat.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The change in her, the growing old, the revelation and responsibility of serf, as a woman, made this experience appear to have extended over months.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • The disappointment and impatience of the Negroes at the persistence of slavery and serfdom voiced itself in two movements.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • Once one has owned land, there is no going back to being a serf.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

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