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He and Werner eat their first meal in their starchy new uniforms at a long wooden table in the refectory.
Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  a communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery)
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  • He and Werner eat their first meal in their starchy new uniforms at a long wooden table in the refectory.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Restored to its normal identity as a refectory, enormous cauldrons of porridge were being dispensed, together with bannocks baked on the hearth and spread with molasses.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • In addition to the refectory, on the second floor are two small rooms where up to ten women share four beds.
    Sonia Nazario  --  Enrique’s Journey
  • He suggested I should go to the refectory for dinner, but I wasn’t hungry.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger

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  • At nights in the refectory we sit with our hands in our laps and stare at the radio, our small, harsh master.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Come presently To the refectory, I’ll make you drink A famous bowl of soup….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Thanks being returned for what we had not got, and a second hymn chanted, the refectory was evacuated for the schoolroom.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • The nooks of ruin where the old monks had once had their refectories and gardens, and where the strong walls were now pressed into the service of humble sheds and stables, were almost as silent as the old monks in their graves.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • From the refectory the names had passed to the boarding-school, and there served as in the old College Mazarin to distinguish four nations.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • Rody Kickham had greaves in his number and a hamper in the refectory.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

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  • There was a medieval magnificence about it: it suggested a baronial hall of feudal times with its oaken panels, its high ceiling, its vast refectory table where twoscore men could sit down to eat.
    Richard Connell  --  The Most Dangerous Game
  • The hour therefore having arrived they all took their seats at a long table like a refectory one, for round or square table there was none in the inn, and the seat of honour at the head of it, though he was for refusing it, they assigned to Don Quixote, who desired the lady Micomicona to place herself by his side, as he was her protector.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Great splashes of sunlight as we ran up the wooden steps of the refectory.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • He was a youth of even temperament, who played in playtime, worked in school-hours, was attentive in class, slept well in the dormitory, and ate well in the refectory.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Resistance was vain; and they were compelled to follow to a large room, which, rising on clumsy Saxon pillars, resembled those refectories and chapter-houses which may be still seen in the most ancient parts of our most ancient monasteries.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • There was a rule at the school that the pupils were not to speak when they walked through the garden from the chapel to the refectory.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • …considerable time to himself, yet I had never seen him reading—no, not even a newspaper; that for long periods he would stand looking out, at his pale window behind the screen, upon the dead brick wall; I was quite sure he never visited any refectory or eating house; while his pale face clearly indicated that he never drank beer like Turkey, or tea and coffee even, like other men; that he never went any where in particular that I could learn; never went out for a walk, unless indeed…
    Herman Melville  --  Bartleby, the Scrivener: a Story of Wall Street
  • But here is a Guydo—the frame alone is worth pounds—which any lady might be proud to hang up—a suitable thing for what we call a refectory in a charitable institution, if any gentleman of the Corporation wished to show his munifi_cence_.
    George Eliot  --  Middlemarch
  • …galleries, baths, vapor-baths, and other "superfluous places," with which each apartment was provided; not to mention the private gardens for each of the king’s guests; not to mention the kitchens, the cellars, the domestic offices, the general refectories of the house, the poultry-yards, where there were twenty-two general laboratories, from the bakehouses to the wine-cellars; games of a thousand sorts, malls, tennis, and riding at the ring; aviaries, fishponds, menageries, stables,…
    Victor Hugo  --  The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • …Lynch’s castle, the Scotch house, Rathdown Union Workhouse at Loughlinstown, Tullamore jail, Castleconnel rapids, Kilballymacshonakill, the cross at Monasterboice, Jury’s Hotel, S. Patrick’s Purgatory, the Salmon Leap, Maynooth college refectory, Curley’s hole, the three birthplaces of the first duke of Wellington, the rock of Cashel, the bog of Allen, the Henry Street Warehouse, Fingal’s Cave—all these moving scenes are still there for us today rendered more beautiful still by…
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Captain Walker took her brother’s arm and they followed their parents down to the refectory.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • I had indeed begun to suspect that you had departed when I saw your place vacant down in the refectory.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Aram seated himself at the long table in the refectory, across from several of the Buddha’s monks.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Friar Baltazar was from a religious house in Spain which was noted for good living, and he himself had worked in the refectory.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Weeks later Edgar picked up a copy of Time on her way out of the refectory and there she saw it, a large color photo of a white-haired woman seated in a director’s chair beneath the old weathered wing of an Air Force bomber.
    Don DeLillo  --  Underworld
  • This dear fellow, with the finest cut face I ever saw, a face in perfect drawing, leaves some laborious life and comes up here I don’t know how many feet above the level of the sea, for no other purpose on earth (except enjoying himself, I hope, in a capital refectory) than to keep an hotel for idle poor devils like you and me, and leave the bill to our consciences!
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The bell rang and then the classes began to file out of the rooms and along the corridors towards the refectory.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The monks were seated upon the floor of the refectory.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • Then he heard the noise of the refectory every time he opened the flaps of his ears.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Ha, ha—excuse me for laughing, I was just thinking about your calling our dining hall a refectory.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • The lights in the refectory dim, a projector whirs, and a chart full of circles appears on the far wall.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The refectory was a great, low-ceiled, gloomy room; on two long tables smoked basins of something hot, which, however, to my dismay, sent forth an odour far from inviting.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Ha, ha—’refectory’?
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • CHAPTER VIII Ere the half-hour ended, five o’clock struck; school was dismissed, and all were gone into the refectory to tea.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Three days’ silence in the refectory and sending us up for six and eight every minute.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • The refectory was half empty and the fellows were still passing out in file.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • He could go up the staircase because there was never a priest or a prefect outside the refectory door.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Until now he has seen radios only in glimpses: a big cabinet wireless through the lace curtains of an official’s house; a portable unit in a miners’ dormitory; another in the church refectory.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • It was like a train going in and out of tunnels and that was like the noise of the boys eating in the refectory when you opened and closed the flaps of the ears.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Far from being bored at first at the convent, she took pleasure in the society of the good sisters, who, to amuse her, took her to the chapel, which one entered from the refectory by a long corridor.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • —It’s a stinking mean thing, that’s what it is, said Fleming in the corridor as the classes were passing out in file to the refectory, to pandy a fellow for what is not his fault.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • They hustle through the gates together, gulp fried eggs in the refectory together, march across the quadrangle, perform roll call, salute the colors, shoot rifles, run, bathe, and suffer together.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The odour which now filled the refectory was scarcely more appetising than that which had regaled our nostrils at breakfast: the dinner was served in two huge tin-plated vessels, whence rose a strong steam redolent of rancid fat.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • Then the higher line fellows began to come down along the matting in the middle of the refectory, Paddy Rath and Jimmy Magee and the Spaniard who was allowed to smoke cigars and the little Portuguese who wore the woolly cap.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Simon Moonan had nice clothes and one night he had shown him a ball of creamy sweets that the fellows of the football fifteen had rolled down to him along the carpet in the middle of the refectory when he was at the door.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Patronized by the clergy, because she belonged to an ancient family of noblemen ruined by the Revolution, she dined in the refectory at the table of the good sisters, and after the meal had a bit of chat with them before going back to her work.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • Every pupil belonged to one of these four nations according to the corner of the refectory in which she sat at meals.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • This done, he repaired to his loggia and sat down to read his breviary, which he had neglected for several days, having been so occupied in the refectory.
    Willa Cather  --  Death Comes for the Archbishop
  • Two narrow tables, each flanked by two wooden benches, formed two long parallel lines from one end to the other of the refectory.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • In the lesser arm lay the kitchens, the refectory, backed up by the cloisters and the church.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
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