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rustic
used in Arrowsmith

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Definition
characteristic of rural life; simple without refined touches
  • They rattled like hero and heroine of a sticky tale, like sweat-shop operatives, like bouncing rustics, like prince and princess.
    Chapter 6 (27% in)
  • When he had tried on a dinner suit and come out for her approval, his long brown tie and softcollared shirt somewhat rustic behind the low evening waistcoat, and when the clerk had gone to fetch collars, she wailed: "Darn it, Sandy, you're too grand for me.
    Chapter 7 (7% in)
  • His friend Clif was boorish, his beloved Leora was rustic, however gallant she might be, and he himself wasted energy in hectic busyness and in astonishment at dullness.
    Chapter 8 (19% in)
  • You consider yourself so much better educated than these rustics, but I notice you say 'gosh' and 'Big Guns' and that sort of thing.
    Chapter 16 (51% in)
  • They modernized their rustic dancing; they learned to play bridge, rather badly, and tennis rather well; and Martin, not by virtue and heroism but merely by habit, got out of the way of resenting the chirp of small talk.
    Chapter 20 (29% in)
  • He was cordial; he invited Martin to step out for a dish of tea as though he almost meant it; but beside him Martin felt young, rustic, inept.
    Chapter 24 (72% in)
  • Gottlieb, Terry Wickett, and Dr. Nicholas Yeo, that long-mustached and rustic biologist whom Martin had first taken for a carpenter, formed an independent faction of their own, and however much he disliked the boisterous Wickett, Martin was dragged into it.
    Chapter 27 (37% in)
  • They were embarrassed by the footmen, awed by the automatic elevator, oppressed by a hallway full of vellum folios and Italian chests and a drawing-room full of water-colors, and reduced to rusticity by Capitola's queenly white satin and pearls.
    Chapter 29 (63% in)
  • He did not remain in the rustic reaches of St. Swithin, where he belonged, but snooped all over the island, annoying Inchcape Jones.
    Chapter 31 (60% in)
  • He felt rustic when, after he had blurted, "Just a minute til I go up and unpack my suit-case," she said gently, "Oh, that will have been done for you."
    Chapter 37 (20% in)
  • And suppose your Terry Wickett should marry some waitress or some incredibly stupid rustic?
    Chapter 40 (84% in)

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