Yet he loved "our Russian peasants" and their way of life with his whole soul, and for that very reason had understood and assimilated the one way and manner of farming which produced good results.
She did not understand why he spoke with such admiration and delight of the farming of the thrifty and well-to-do peasant Matthew Ermishin, who with his family had carted corn all night; or of the fact that his
The smiles of the great world would not keep hunger from the door; he feared that his fame might be only a nine days' wonder, so he decided to return to his farming.
But farming and song-making did not seem to go together, and on his new farm Burns succeeded little better than on any that he had tried before.
The delight he had experienced in the work itself, and the consequent greater intimacy with the peasants, the envy he felt of them, of their life, the desire to adopt that life, which had been to him that night not a dream but an intention, the execution of which he had thought out in detail --all this had so transformed his view of the farming of the land as he had managed it, that he could not take his former interest in it, and could not help seeing that unpleasant relation between him and the workspeople which was the foundation of it all.
The farming of the land, as he was managing it, had become not merely unattractive but revolting to him, and he could take no further interest in it.
Numbers of tramps, carrying rolls of blankets, were met, traveling both north and south on the county road; and from talks with them Saxon quickly learned that they knew little or nothing about farming.
Further, if Saxon wanted to test HER desire for farming, she could try her hand on the cow.
Saxon had eyes and questions for everything, and it did not take her long to realize that she was looking upon the other side of the farming shield.
I had five thousand dollars left, however, and, without going into the details, I decided to go farming.
In this way they would be earning money, preparing themselves for independent farming life, and have opportunity to look about them.
Nutty's views on farming
and the Arcadian life generally were saddening to an enthusiast.