This silence was broken by one of the brethren, who led Pierre up to the rug and began reading to him from a manuscript book an explanation of all the figures on it: the sun, the moon, a hammer, a plumb line, a trowel, a rough stone and a squared stone, a pillar, three windows, and so on. (not reviewed by editor)
Samples from Other Sources
Don`t assume ghosts if your door swings by itself. It is probably not plumb.
Using a pebble on a horsehair string, he dropped it deep in the hole and let it hung to see if the hole was plumb to the earth.
Robert Newton Peck -- A Day No Pigs Would Die
Tree branches, power lines, porch awnings collapsed like they`d plumb given up.
Kathryn Stockett -- The Help
So—if I was any happier, I`d just plumb drop my harp through this cloud.
Robert MacNeil and William Crane -- Do You Speak American?