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The abbess assigned her a chamber, and had breakfast served.
Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  the superior of a group of nuns
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  • The abbess assigned her a chamber, and had breakfast served.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The abbess, a spectre, sanctifies them and terrifies them.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Sharon began to think of leaving the convent when the abbess launched the construction of an elegant building to replace their rather makeshift quarters.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • Claudia told him she meant to go to a monastery of which an aunt of hers was abbess, where she intended to pass her life with a better and everlasting spouse.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote

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  • Henry VIII found walking difficult because he had a abbess on his knee.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • But the slap and the blessing stood him friend, says Mr Vincent, for to make up he taught him a trick worth two of the other so that maid, wife, abbess and widow to this day affirm that they would rather any time of the month whisper in his ear in the dark of a cowhouse or get a lick on the nape from his long holy tongue than lie with the finest strapping young ravisher in the four fields of all Ireland.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • The spot was the burial-place of a king and a queen, of abbots and abbesses, saints and bishops, knights and squires.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Babbitt gloated, "If your mother caught us at this, we’d certainly get our come-uppance!" and Eunice became maternal, scrambled a terrifying number of eggs for them, kissed Babbitt on the ear, and in the voice of a brooding abbess marveled, "It beats the devil why feminists like me still go on nursing these men!"
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Frau Adriatica tells anyone who will listen, and others as well, that toward the middle of the thirteenth century a Mylendonk was the abbess of a cloister in Bonn on the Rhine.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In the archived papers of the Carmelites, I found nothing of hers, but I did find Saintly Amma’s diaries in which the abbess recorded the passing days.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone

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  • Pepita was an orphan and had been brought up by that strange genius of Lima, the Abbess Madre Maria del Pilar.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • At any rate that is what the Abbess Juliana Ber-ners tell us—perhaps incorrectly.
    T. H. White  --  The Once and Future King
  • Mental suffering and trial supply, in some natures, the place of years, and I will be as plain with you as if I were a Lady Abbess.
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
  • Now leave we Queen Guenever in Almesbury, a nun in white clothes and black, and there she was Abbess and ruler as reason would; and turn we from her, and speak we of Sir Launcelot du Lake.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur
  • And eke there was a clerk sometime at Rome, A cardinal, that highte Saint Jerome, That made a book against Jovinian, Which book was there; and eke Tertullian, Chrysippus, Trotula, and Heloise, That was an abbess not far from Paris; And eke the Parables* of Solomon, *Proverbs Ovide’s Art, <29> and bourdes* many one; *jests And alle these were bound in one volume.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • ] [Enter the ABBESS.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Abbesses, principals, head mistresses, dignitaries, in the republic of women— without being brilliant, any of them, they were that.
    Virginia Woolf  --  Mrs. Dalloway
  • And then they led him unto the Abbess’s chamber and unarmed him; and right so he was ware upon a bed lying two of his cousins, Sir Bors and Sir Lionel, and then he waked them; and when they saw him they made great joy.
    Thomas Malory  --  Le Morte D’Arthur, Volume II
  • The Abbess gazed hard at the grotesque old woman.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • She accompanied the Abbess on her journeys, even though it was in the capacity of custodian of the eggs and vegetables.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • As the good abbess watched the two waving figures on the ship’s rail recede to white dots, she felt a twinge of apprehension.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • She resolved to write a letter to the Abbess.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Their aged and saintly abbess, Shessy Geevarughese, affectionately called Saintly Amma, had wasted no time in giving the two young nurse-nuns her blessing, and her surprising assignment: Africa.
    Abraham Verghese  --  Cutting for Stone
  • And then the Abbess had cast the child into the discipline of this long solitude, where Pepita struggled, refusing to let herself believe that she had been abandoned.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • She did not suspect that the Abbess, even there, was hovering above the house, herself estimating the stresses and watching for the moment when a burden harms and not strengthens.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • But most clearly of all Pepita remembered the sudden interviews when the Abbess (not daring to wait until the girl was older) had discussed with her the duties of her office.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The person in the world who came nearest to being their guardian was the Abbess of the Convent.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The Abbess hurried out into the street.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The mistress of the house, Miss Fontover, was an elderly lady in spectacles, dressed almost like an abbess; a dab at Ritual, as become one of her business, and a worshipper at the ceremonial church of St. Silas, in the suburb of Beersheba before-mentioned, which Jude also had begun to attend.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • The innkeeper failing to make any impression upon him and remembering that the boys were brought up at the Convent of Santa Maria Rosa de las Rosas, sent for the Abbess.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • After breakfast, the abbess came to pay her a visit.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Milady wished to please the abbess.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • Behind the screen the Abbess sat among her girls.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • One day she heard by accident that the wonderful Abbess had lost two persons whom she loved in the same: accident.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Camila decided to go to Lima and look at the Abbess from a distance.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The Abbess looked at her closely.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • "The Condesa d’Abuirre wishes to see you," said a lay-sister at the door of the Abbess’s office.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • "Well," said the Abbess, laying down her pen, "who is she?"
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • At last the Abbess told her of Pepita and Esteban, and of Camila’s visit.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The Condesa showed the Abbess Dona Maria’s last letter.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • The sun had gone down, but the Abbess led the way with a lantern down corridor after corridor.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • But Dona Clara stood in the door as the Abbess talked to them, the lamp placed on the floor beside her.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • Justice, most sacred duke, against the abbess!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • — Go, some of you, knock at the abbey-gate, And bid the lady abbess come to me: I will determine this before I stir.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Why, this is strange:—Go call the abbess hither: I think you are all mated, or stark mad.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • But the abbess contented herself with listening and smiling without replying a word.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • She did not know whether the abbess was a royalist or a cardinalist; she therefore confined herself to a prudent middle course.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The abbess listened more attentively, grew animated by degrees, and smiled.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • The abbess only crossed herself, without approving or disapproving.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • This confirmed Milady in her opinion that the abbess was rather royalist than cardinalist.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
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