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The Mill on the Floss
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cloister
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The Mill on the Floss
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  • And so it remains to all time a lasting record of human needs and human consolations; the voice of a brother who, ages ago, felt and suffered and renounced,—in the cloister, perhaps, with serge gown and tonsured head, with much chanting and long fasts, and with a fashion of speech different from ours,—but under the same silent far-off heavens, and with the same passionate desires, the same strivings, the same failures, the same weariness.

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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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