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serf
used in Anna Karenina

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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
  • 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)
  • "Excuse me," Sergey Ivanovitch interposed with a smile, "self-interest did not induce us to work for the emancipation of the serfs, but we did work for it."
    Part Three (7% in)
  • Konstantin Levin broke in with still greater heat; "the emancipation of the serfs was a different matter.
    Part Three (7% in)
  • "As for your dislike of it, excuse my saying so, that's simply our Russian sloth and old serf-owner's ways, and I'm convinced that in you it's a temporary error and will pass."
    Part Three (9% in)
  • He despised the nobility, and believed the mass of the nobility to be secretly in favor of serfdom, and only concealing their views from cowardice.
    Part Three (78% in)
  • It was not, perhaps, of importance in the days of serfdom, and it may not be of importance in England.
    Part Three (79% in)
  • The gentleman with the gray whiskers was obviously an inveterate adherent of serfdom and a devoted agriculturist, who had lived all his life in the country.
    Part Three (81% in)
  • Where the land with serf-labor and good management gave a yield of nine to one, on the half-crop system it yields three to one.
    Part Three (82% in)
  • Now, in our own day, we landowners in the serf times used various improvements in our husbandry: drying machines and thrashing machines, and carting manure and all the modern implements—all that we brought into use by our authority, and the peasants opposed it at first, and ended by imitating us.
    Part Three (82% in)
  • Now, by the abolition of serfdom we have been deprived of our authority; and so our husbandry, where it had been raised to a high level, is bound to sink to the most savage primitive condition.
    Part Three (82% in)
  • "I don't believe it," Sviazhsky replied quite seriously; "all I see is that we don't know how to cultivate the land, and that our system of agriculture in the serf days was by no means too high, but too low.
    Part Three (83% in)
  • The relic of barbarism, the primitive commune with each guarantee for all, will disappear of itself; serfdom has been abolished—there remains nothing but free labor, and its forms are fixed and ready made, and must be adopted.
    Part Three (85% in)
  • An inveterate supporter of serfdom at heart, like all of them!" said Sviazhsky.
    Part Three (86% in)
  • The big house with the old family furniture; the rather dirty, far from stylish, but respectful footmen, unmistakably old house serfs who had stuck to their master; the stout, good-natured wife in a cap with lace and a Turkish shawl, petting her pretty grandchild, her daughter's daughter; the young son, a sixth form high school boy, coming home from school, and greeting his father, kissing his big hand; the genuine, cordial words and gestures of the old man—all this had the day before...
    Part Six (87% in)

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