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cloister
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Nicholas Nickleby
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  • Barter not the light and air of heaven, and the freshness of earth and all the beautiful things which breathe upon it, for the cold cloister and the cell.
  • ’And could they, remembering how her young heart had sickened at the thought of cloistered walls, look upon her grave, in garbs which would chill the very ashes within it?

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  • Dear sisters, let us live and die, if you list, in this green garden’s compass; only shun the gloom and sadness of a cloister, and we shall be happy."

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architectural sense Define
a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds with an open colonnade on one side of the walkway and the perimeter building walls on the other side -- especially as an area of quiet contemplation on religious grounds
religious sense Define
residence that is a place of religious seclusion (such as a monastery); or the act of entering into such a residence
as in: cloister ourselves away Define
seclude from the world (kept separate from the world)
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