Hurry off and tell Maksim, the gardener, to set the serfs to work.
Forty thousand serfs and millions of rubles!
Sonya, Natasha, Petya, Anna Mikhaylovna, Vera, and the old count were all hugging him, and the serfs, men and maids, flocked into the room, exclaiming and oh-ing and ah-ing.
On the great estates in Assyria and its subject provinces were many serfs, mostly of subject race, settled captives, or quondam slaves, tied to the soil they cultivated and sold with the estate but capable of possessing land and property of their own.
The service was usually discharged by slaves and serfs, but the amelu (and perhaps the muskinu) went to war.