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  • n. Plural form of shepherdess.


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  • Polish female dancer has something which recalls the shepherdesses created by the imagination of the poets; if the former charms us, the latter attaches us.

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  • For a few minutes, while I sit at my table taking in the surroundings – crystal chandeliers, oil paintings of pink-cheeked shepherdesses, a small footstool placed underneath my handbag by an attentive waiter – I struggle to work out what these marks might signify.

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  • Late 19th-century French painters like William-Adolphe Bouguereau were also very good at painting daft shepherdesses and emaciated waifs, often fetching water or rounding up wayward farm animals.

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  • Around the corner and along a narrow passage we came to a wall hanging painted with a pastoral scene of sheep and shepherdesses.

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  • They are followed by other children protraying angels, the Santos Reyes (Three Kings), and a host of pastores y pastoras (shepherds and shepherdesses), all usually decked out in colorful handmade costumes and carrying brightly decorated báculos (walking staffs) or faroles (paper lanterns).

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  • This is a part for sweet shepherdesses in the traditional ballet.

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  • We're all a bunch of Marie Antoinettes playing at shepherdesses.

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  • I never hated them more than when observing them playing at helpless-victimhood like Marie Antoinette playing at shepherdesses.

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  • Published in 1935 in the middle of the Depression, William Empson's Some Versions of Pastoral casts a hard modern light on sixteenth - and seventeenth-century poems about shepherds and shepherdesses with classical names like Corydon and Phyllida.

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  • Although shepherds and shepherdesses have been in short supply in the United States, versions of pastoral have flourished here.

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