…Elizabeth, I have the highest opinion in the world in your excellent judgement in all matters within the scope of your understanding; but permit me to say, that there must be a wide difference between the established forms of ceremony amongst the laity, and those which regulate the clergy; for, give me leave to observe that I consider the clerical office as equal in point of dignity with the highest rank in the kingdom—provided that a proper humility of behaviour is at the same time…
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(laity’s bursts into the room at the end of the speech, leaving the door open) TRAY IS Grandmama—the moving men are downstairs!
Lorraine Hansberry -- A Raisin in the Sun
There were clerks with neat little skull-caps to keep their tonsures warm, dressed in sober clothes which contrasted with the laity.