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  • It takes a moment for Lev to recognize him—mainly because he’s not wearing his modest pastor’s vestments.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • "First of all his luggage had to be put in carefully because his vestments couldn’t be crushed.
    Michael Ondaatje  --  Running in the Family
  • It was the Reverend Strick, walking in his vestments toward my parents.
    Alice Sebold  --  The Lovely Bones
  • Not a holy-rolling, fire-and-brimstone guy by any stretch, but not a soft-spoken minister in vestments, performing liturgical readings either.
    Todd Burpo  --  Heaven Is for Real

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  • By the chair stood the priests, their long hair falling over their magnificent glittering vestments, with lighted tapers in their hands, slowly and solemnly conducting the service.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • The physician advanced directly in front of his patient, laid his hand upon his bosom, and thrust aside the vestment, that hitherto had always covered it even from the professional eye.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • D’Artagnan, however, could only see enough to recognize the form of her vestments, not enough to distinguish her features.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "With this needle," said the abbe, as, opening his ragged vestments, he showed Dantes a long, sharp fish-bone, with a small perforated eye for the thread, a small portion of which still remained in it.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • On top of each tomb, in full papal vestments, lay life-sized semblances of each Pope, shown in death, arms folded across their chests.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Certain agents I found to have the power to shake and to pluck back that fleshly vestment, even as a wind might toss the curtains of a pavilion.
    Robert Louis Stevenson  --  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

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  • The remaining three were white, though clad in vestments adapted, both in quality and color, to their present hazardous pursuit—that of hanging on the skirts of a retiring army in the wilderness.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • He had told me stories about the catacombs and about Napoleon Bonaparte, and he had explained to me the meaning of the different ceremonies of the Mass and of the different vestments worn by the priest.
    James Joyce  --  Dubliners
  • In Salinas, Olive had experienced niceties of living, the choir and vestments, Altar Guild, and bean suppers of the Episcopal church.
    John Steinbeck  --  East of Eden
  • And Msimangu would not wear the vestments that he would wear at Sophiatown; those he would wear early the next morning, when he ministered to his own people.
    Alan Paton  --  Cry, the Beloved Country
  • Adorning her altars, vestments, spires, and Scripture was the singular image of Christianity—that of a precious, sacrificed human being.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • Over his other vestments, he wore a white satin chasuble with a golden cross on the front and back.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • The chest was opened; it contained a cope of cloth of gold, a mitre ornamented with diamonds, an archbishop’s cross, a magnificent crosier,—all the pontifical vestments which had been stolen a month previously from the treasury of Notre Dame d’Embrun.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • The old curly birches of the gardens, all their twigs laden with snow, looked as though freshly decked in sacred vestments.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • Monsieur Bournisien, in full vestments, was singing in a shrill voice.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • The Archbishop enclosed in his wonderful and almost wooden vestments perspired upon his throne, lending from time to time a connoisseur’s ear to the felicities of Vittoria’s counterpoint.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • I’ve seen it before, the white bag placed over the head, the woman helped up onto the high stool as if she’s being helped up the steps of a bus, steadied there, the noose adjusted delicately around the neck, like a vestment, the stool kicked away.
    Margaret Atwood  --  The Handmaid’s Tale
  • Two lackeys of the official torturer bathed the bleeding shoulders of the patient, anointed them with some unguent which immediately closed all the wounds, and threw upon his back a sort of yellow vestment, in cut like a chasuble.
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • He folded his vestments, put away the hymn-books, and closed the great Bible.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • He had a special passion, also, for ecclesiastical vestments, as indeed he had for everything connected with the service of the Church.
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • When we played make-believe, I’d put a sheet over my shoulders and pretend I was walking down long corridors, saying my beads, in my starched vestments.
    Julia Alvarez  --  In the Time of the Butterflies
  • He had left his list beside the barrel, and this recorded, among other articles: a salade garnessed with golde, iij peire gantelez, a vestment, a mesbooke, an auter cloth, a peir of brigandines, a pyssying basin of silver, x schertes for my Lord, a jakete of leather, and a bagge of chessmen.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • And when God was to be consulted, they put on the holy vestments, and enquired of the Lord, as the King commanded them, and were deprived of their office, when the King thought fit.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • To Amory it was a haunting grief to see him lying in his coffin, with closed hands upon his purple vestments.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • When they anointed him with the last unction, when the holy oil touched his breast, one eye opened, and it seemed as though at the sight of the priest in his vestments, the smoking censers, the light before the image, something like a shudder of horror passed over the death-stricken face.
    Ivan Turgenev  --  Fathers and Sons
  • IYALOJA No child, it is what you brought to be, you who play with strangers’ lives, who even usurp the vestments of our dead, yet believe that the stain of death will not cling to you.
    Wole Soyinka  --  Death and the King’s Horseman
  • As I helped Edouard and Monsignor Frey place the vestments on the stiffened corpse I noticed the browning skin and slackening mouth.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Worse, they populate their drawing rooms with fakirs and mountebanks, all of them swathed in the grubby vestments of a self-proclaimed quasi-holiness, and the rules of society dictate that one must be polite to them.
    Margaret Atwood  --  Alias Grace
  • In a city as large as Concord there were usually at least a handful of parishioners, already praying the rosary by the time I came out in my vestments.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Change of Heart
  • No priest could have been concerned in the strange rough group; it was the work of Indians and had nothing in common with the tidy vestments of the Mass and the elaborately worked out symbols of the liturgy.
    Graham Greene  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Let them have change of vestments if they require it, and fire, and water to wash, and wine and ale; and bid the cooks add what they hastily can to our evening meal; and let it be put on the board when those strangers are ready to share it.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • In vulgar phrase, she had taken up the broomstick, and was just about to sally from the kitchen, when Jones accosted her with a demand of a gown and other vestments, to cover the half-naked woman upstairs.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • The entire marsh for two hundred miles began the lovely turn, the slow leisurely withdrawal into its vestments of gold, as the lowcountry prepared for the cycle of death and renewal.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …box I could see his face he couldnt see mine of course hed never turn or let on still his eyes were red when his father died theyre lost for a woman of course must be terrible when a man cries let alone them Id like to be embraced by one in his vestments and the smell of incense off him like the pope besides theres no danger with a priest if youre married hes too careful about himself then give something to H H the pope for a penance I wonder was he satisfied with me one thing I didnt…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The forms of the community emerged from the gust-blown vestments, the dean of studies, the portly florid bursar with his cap of grey hair, the president, the little priest with feathery hair who wrote devout verses, the squat peasant form of the professor of economics, the tall form of the young professor of mental science discussing on the landing a case of conscience with his class like a giraffe cropping high leafage among a herd of antelopes, the grave troubled prefect of the…
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Having spoken thus, the great Lord of yoga revealed to Arjuna his supreme form as Visnu, Lord of the Universe: with many faces and eyes, presenting many wondrous sights, bedecked with many celestial ornaments, armed with many divine uplifted weapons; wearing celestial garlands and vestments, anointed with divine perfumes, all-wonderful, resplendent, boundless, and with faces on all sides.
    Joseph Campbell  --  The Hero With a Thousand Faces
  • Chingachgook, or the Serpent, eyed the vestments with strong disgust; but he saw the usefulness of the disguise, if not its absolute necessity.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • When the Utopians engage in battle, the priests who accompany them to the war, apparelled in their sacred vestments, kneel down during the action (in a place not far from the field), and, lifting up their hands to heaven, pray, first for peace, and then for victory to their own side, and particularly that it may be gained without the effusion of much blood on either side; and when the victory turns to their side, they run in among their own men to restrain their fury; and if any of…
    Thomas More  --  Utopia
  • With fleeces, with vestments, I have tried to cover the blue-black blade.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • Before me was a catafalque, on which rested a corpse wrapped in funeral vestments.
    Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard  --  Killing Lincoln
  • I stole the wine-stained cloth in the sacristy while the priest was taking his vestments off.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • He smelled of aftershave and the mothball smell of the closet at the church where he hung his vestments.
    Alice Sebold  --  Lucky
  • The Demon wore robes of simple white, but it seemed as though every atom of the Demon’s form and vestments radiated light.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • His head with olive crown’d, his hand a censer bears, His hoary beard and holy vestments bring His lost idea back: I know the Roman king.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • Hurrying back to the vicarage, he washed the soot from his hands, put on his vestments, and returned to the church to check the wine and the chalice, to toll the bell, to light the candles.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • Her favorite color was a violet mauve, the color of church vestments on certain solemn days, the color of lilac in bud, the color of her best velvet dress and of her set of crystal wine glasses.
    Boris Pasternak  --  Doctor Zhivago
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