"I call her Esther Summerson," says Mrs. Chadband with austerity.
I had more than once approached this subject of my thoughts with Mrs. Rachael, our only servant, who took my light away when I was in bed (another very good woman, but austere to me), and she had only said, "Esther, good night!" and gone away and left me.
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He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
While most kids are partying at college, she practiced austerity during her college years.