Thanks being returned for what we had not got, and a second hymn chanted, the refectory was evacuated for the schoolroom.
The refectory was a great, low-ceiled, gloomy room; on two long tables smoked basins of something hot, which, however, to my dismay, sent forth an odour far from inviting.
CHAPTER VIII Ere the half-hour ended, five o’clock struck; school was dismissed, and all were gone into the refectory to tea.
The odour which now filled the refectory was scarcely more appetising than that which had regaled our nostrils at breakfast: the dinner was served in two huge tin-plated vessels, whence rose a strong steam redolent of rancid fat.
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He and Werner eat their first meal in their starchy new uniforms at a long wooden table in the refectory.
Anthony Doerr -- All the Light We Cannot See
Restored to its normal identity as a refectory, enormous cauldrons of porridge were being dispensed, together with bannocks baked on the hearth and spread with molasses.