Viewed by this light it becomes a coherent scheme and not the monstrous maze the laity are apt to think it.
But not perceiving this quite plainly—only seeing it by halves in a confused way—the laity sometimes suffer in peace and pocket, with a bad grace, and DO grumble very much.
When a breeze from the country that has lost its way takes fright and makes a blind hurry to rush out again, it flings as much dust in the eyes of Allegory as the law—or Mr. Tulkinghorn, one of its trustiest representatives—may scatter, on occasion, in the eyes of the laity.
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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.