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  • If the members of a religious persuasion built a chapel there — as the members of eighteen religious persuasions had done — they made it a pious warehouse of red brick, with sometimes (but this is only in highly ornamental examples) a bell in a birdcage on the top of it.
  • As Coketown cast ashes not only on its own head but on the neighbourhood’s too — after the manner of those pious persons who do penance for their own sins by putting other people into sackcloth — it was customary for those who now and then thirsted for a draught of pure air, which is not absolutely the most wicked among the vanities of life, to get a few miles away by the railroad, and then begin their walk, or their lounge in the fields.

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  • The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
  • Her piety required her to help her neighbors who were in need.

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