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scythe
used in Anna Karenina

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Definition
a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
  • Vronsky's composure and self-confidence here struck, like a scythe against a stone, upon the cold self-confidence of Alexey Alexandrovitch.
    Part One (91% in)
  • Once in a previous year he had gone to look at the mowing, and being made very angry by the bailiff he had recourse to his favorite means for regaining his temper,— he took a scythe from a peasant and began mowing.
    Part Three (9% in)
  • And send my scythe, please, to Tit, for him to set it, and bring it round tomorrow.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • Gradually, as he rode towards the meadow, the peasants came into sight, some in coats, some in their shirts mowing, one behind another in a long string, swinging their scythes differently.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • Here was old Yermil in a very long white smock, bending forward to swing a scythe; there was a young fellow, Vaska, who had been a coachman of Levin's, taking every row with a wide sweep.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • He was in front of all, and cut his wide row without bending, as though playing with the scythe.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • Levin got off his mare, and fastening her up by the roadside went to meet Tit, who took a second scythe out of a bush and gave it to him.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • "It's ready, sir; it's like a razor, cuts of itself," said Tit, taking off his cap with a smile and giving him the scythe.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • Levin took the scythe, and began trying it.
    Part Three (10% in)
  • The grass was short close to the road, and Levin, who had not done any mowing for a long while, and was disconcerted by the eyes fastened upon him, cut badly for the first moments, though he swung his scythe vigorously.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • He felt as he swung his scythe that he was at the very end of his strength, and was making up his mind to ask Tit to stop.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • But at that very moment Tit stopped of his own accord, and stooping down picked up some grass, rubbed his scythe, and began whetting it.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • Behind him came a peasant, and he too was evidently tired, for he stopped at once without waiting to mow up to Levin, and began whetting his scythe.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • Tit sharpened his scythe and Levin's, and they went on.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • Tit moved on with sweep after sweep of his scythe, not stopping nor showing signs of weariness.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • Levin followed him, trying not to get left behind, and he found it harder and harder: the moment came when he felt he had no strength left, but at that very moment Tit stopped and whetted the scythes.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • And this long row seemed particularly hard work to Levin; but when the end was reached and Tit, shouldering his scythe, began with deliberate stride returning on the tracks left by his heels in the cut grass, and Levin walked back in the same way over the space he had cut, in spite of the sweat that ran in streams over his face and fell in drops down his nose, and drenched his back as though he had been soaked in water, he felt very happy.
    Part Three (11% in)
  • He heard nothing but the swish of scythes, and saw before him Tit's upright figure mowing away, the crescent-shaped curve of the cut grass, the grass and flower heads slowly and rhythmically falling before the blade of his scythe, and ahead of him the end of the row, where would come the rest.
    Part Three (12% in)
  • He heard nothing but the swish of scythes, and saw before him Tit's upright figure mowing away, the crescent-shaped curve of the cut grass, the grass and flower heads slowly and rhythmically falling before the blade of his scythe, and ahead of him the end of the row, where would come the rest.
    Part Three (12% in)
  • He glanced at the sky in the interval for whetting the scythes.
    Part Three (12% in)
  • Levin gave his scythe to Tit, and together with the peasants, who were crossing the long stretch of mown grass, slightly sprinkled with rain, to get their bread from the heap of coats, he went towards his house.
    Part Three (12% in)
  • It was as though it were not he but the sharp scythe of itself swishing through the juicy grass.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • The scythe cut of itself.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • Still more delightful were the moments when they reached the stream where the rows ended, and the old man rubbed his scythe with the wet, thick grass, rinsed its blade in the fresh water of the stream, ladled out a little in a tin dipper, and offered Levin a drink.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • And immediately after this came the delicious, slow saunter, with his hand on the scythe, during which he could wipe away the streaming sweat, take deep breaths of air, and look about at the long string of mowers and at what was happening around in the forest and the country.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • The longer Levin mowed, the oftener he felt the moments of unconsciousness in which it seemed not his hands that swung the scythe, but the scythe mowing of itself, a body full of life and consciousness of its own, and as though by magic, without thinking of it, the work turned out regular and well-finished of itself.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • The longer Levin mowed, the oftener he felt the moments of unconsciousness in which it seemed not his hands that swung the scythe, but the scythe mowing of itself, a body full of life and consciousness of its own, and as though by magic, without thinking of it, the work turned out regular and well-finished of itself.
    Part Three (13% in)
  • When a hillock came he changed his action, and at one time with the heel, and at another with the tip of his scythe, clipped the hillock round both sides with short strokes.
    Part Three (14% in)
  • And while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away a twig with the blade of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.
    Part Three (14% in)
  • And while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away a twig with the blade of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.
    Part Three (14% in)
  • And while he did this he kept looking about and watching what came into his view: at one moment he picked a wild berry and ate it or offered it to Levin, then he flung away a twig with the blade of the scythe, then he looked at a quail's nest, from which the bird flew just under the scythe, or caught a snake that crossed his path, and lifting it on the scythe as though on a fork showed it to Levin and threw it away.
    Part Three (14% in)
  • The old man had been awake a long while, and was sitting up whetting the scythes of the younger lads.
    Part Three (15% in)
  • They had cut the whole of the big meadow, which had, in the years of serf labor, taken thirty scythes two days to mow.
    Part Three (15% in)
  • The mowers from all sides, brought closer together in the short row, kept urging one another on to the sound of jingling dippers and clanging scythes, and the hiss of the whetstones sharpening them, and good-humored shouts.
    Part Three (16% in)
  • Among the trees they were continually cutting with their scythes the so-called "birch mushrooms," swollen fat in the succulent grass.
    Part Three (16% in)
  • Swinging his scythe just as ever, and moving his feet in their big, plaited shoes with firm, little steps, he climbed slowly up the steep place, and though his breeches hanging out below his smock, and his whole frame trembled with effort, he did not miss one blade of grass or one mushroom on his way, and kept making jokes with the peasants and Levin.
    Part Three (16% in)
  • Levin walked after him and often thought he must fall, as he climbed with a scythe up a steep cliff where it would have been hard work to clamber without anything.
    Part Three (16% in)
  • On the hillside he looked back; he could not see them in the mist that had risen from the valley; he could only hear rough, good-humored voices, laughter, and the sound of clanking scythes.
    Part Three (16% in)
  • The metallic clank of a whetstone against a scythe, that came to them from the cart, ceased.
    Part Six (49% in)

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