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  • Laurencia is the tale of a plucky Spanish peasant-girl who, following her violation by the local bourgeois tyrant, persuades her fellow-villagers to take up arms against him.

    Spartacus; Laurencia

  • These ranged from startlingly androgynous, man-tailored jackets and breeches to mile-high pouf coiffures decorated with intricate landscapes and military battle-scenes, and from sweeping, jewel-encrusted gowns with which she upstaged her husband at public appearances to risqué peasant-girl shifts that she sported at her private country retreat.

    Caroline Weber: Let Them Eat Lace: Marie Antoinette's Fierce and Fearless Fashion

  • They are not the thoughts of a model heroine under her circumstances, but they are those of a deeply-feeling, strongly-resentful peasant-girl.

    Shirley, by Charlotte Bronte

  • One lovely summer evening, as they sat together on a shady lawn shaped like a star, from which radiated twelve splendid avenues of trees, the Queen looked round and saw a charming peasant-girl approaching by each path, and what was still more singular was that everyone carried something in a basket which appeared to occupy her whole attention.

    The Green Fairy Book

  • Sometimes to the exhilaration which I derived from being alone would be added an alternative feeling, so that I could not be clear in my mind to which I should give the casting vote; a feeling stimulated by the desire to see rise up before my eyes a peasant-girl whom I might clasp in my arms.

    Swann's Way

  • But to wander thus among the woods of Roussainville without a peasant-girl to embrace was to see those woods and yet know nothing of their secret treasure, their deep-hidden beauty.

    Swann's Way

  • I had a desire for a peasant-girl from Méséglise or Roussainville, for a fisher-girl from Balbec, just as I had a desire for Balbec and Méséglise.

    Swann's Way

  • To meet in Paris a fisher-girl from Balbec or a peasant-girl from

    Swann's Way

  • For a moment, his thought ran back to a sunny hillside near to the old town of Arles, where lines of stunted, tawny olives crept down the fields, -- where fig-trees showed their purple nodules of fruit, -- where a bright-faced young peasant-girl, with a gay kerchief turbaned about her head with a coquettish tie, lay basking in the sunshine.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866

  • Behold both Nitouche and the trembling peasant-girl, together with the brasses as evidence, all could be brought at an instant's call, into the open court.

    In and out of Three Normady Inns

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