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  • n. A ruddleman

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A dealer in reddle or red chalk, usually a sort of peddler. Also raddleman, ruddleman.


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  • She was thus convinced that the reddleman was a mere pis aller in Mrs. Yeobright's mind; one, moreover, who had not even been informed of his promotion to that lowly standing.

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  • I read about Diggory Venn, Thomas Hardy's reddleman in The Return of the Native who digs up red clay to make dye for sheep's wool.

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  • When I rolled over to check the eagles through the viewing slit in the bird hide my eyes took a few seconds to re-adjust, to push back the image of Diggory Venn the reddleman.

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  • For instance, the reddleman goes from very clear relationships with local characters to being a man of mysterious origins.

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  • Venn, the reddleman, in the Mephistophelian garb of his profession, is the incarnation of a good spirit, and wins the guineas from the clutch of the spendthrift husband.

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  • The lamp placed against the post by Clym still shone across the water, and the reddleman observed something floating motionless.

    The Return of the Native

  • As Eustacia uttered the latter words she retired from the base of the barrow, and Wildeve followed her, so that the reddleman could hear no more.

    The Return of the Native

  • When he had again regained his van he lit the lantern, and with an apathetic face at once began to pull off his best clothes, till in the course of a few minutes he reappeared as the confirmed and irretrievable reddleman that he had seemed before.

    The Return of the Native

  • The traveller with the cart was a reddleman -- a person whose vocation it was to supply farmers with redding for their sheep.

    The Return of the Native

  • Thus far the reddleman had been tolerably successful in his rude contrivances for keeping down Wildeve's inclination to rove in the evening.

    The Return of the Native

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