But Lydgate had not been experienced enough to foresee that his new course would be even more offensive to the laity; and to Mr. Mawmsey, an important grocer in the Top Market, who, though not one of his patients, questioned him in an affable manner on the subject, he was injudicious enough to give a hasty popular explanation of his reasons, pointing out to Mr. Mawmsey that it must lower the character of practitioners, and be a constant injury to the public, if their only mode of…
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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.