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peasant
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

5 uses
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Definition
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
  • Doubtless some of Tess d'Urberville's mailed ancestors rollicking home from a fray had dealt the same measure even more ruthlessly towards peasant girls of their time.
    1 — The Maiden (**% in)
  • The impressionable peasant leads a larger, fuller, more dramatic life than the pachydermatous king.
    4 — The Consequence (2% in)
  • As everybody knows, fine feathers make fine birds; a peasant girl but very moderately prepossessing to the casual observer in her simple condition and attire will bloom as an amazing beauty if clothed as a woman of fashion with the aids that Art can render; while the beauty of the midnight crush would often cut but a sorry figure if placed inside the field-woman's wrapper upon a monotonous acreage of turnips on a dull day.
    4 — The Consequence (93% in)
  • You almost make me say you are an unapprehending peasant woman, who have never been initiated into the proportions of social things.
    5 — The Woman Pays (7% in)
  • I am only a peasant by position, not by nature!
    5 — The Woman Pays (7% in)

There are no more uses of "peasant" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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