Rural life 470 "…the country that has always existed in our imagination, so clean, trim, lavishly colored [vs.]…agriculture as a pursuit for real farms, with their actual lumbering beasts, their mud and manure…their mortgages and loans and market prices, their long days of wet fields and dirty straw." J.B. Priestley. “The Toy Farm.” 1927. Gross, ed. Essays.
Rural life 470 "…that [idealized] countryside where there are no ugly downpours, no sodden fields and lanes choked with mud, where only the gentlest shower of rain breaks through the sunshine, where everything is as clean as a new pin and fresh from the paint-box, where men and women are innocent and gay and the very beasts are old friends, where sin and suffering and death are not even a distant rumor." J.B. Priestley. “The Toy Farm.” 1927. Gross, ed. Essays.
Rural life 471 " …vision of townsmen, longing for the fields in their wilderness of bricks and mortar, a revolt against the ugly mechanical things of today, but a dream that would appear to be as old as civilized man himself, touching men’s imagination when towns were little more than specks in the green countryside…this other country where there was nothing ugly nor any pain or sorrow…haunts the mind of man everywhere and in every age." J.B. Priestley. “The Toy Farm.” 1927. Gross, ed. Essays.
Rural life 339 "The boys escorted us to the front of the house, which I hadn’t yet seen; in farm-houses, somehow, life comes and goes by the back door." Cather, My Ántonia
Rural life 38 "In front of saloons, farm wives sitting on the seats of wagons, waiting for their husbands to become drunk and ready to start home." Sinclair Lewis,