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cloister in the architectural sense

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  • "This is the north cloister," the porter said. "It is here that Newton stomped his foot to measure the echo, calculating the speed of sound for the first time."   (source)
    cloister = a covered walkway and the courtyard it surrounds
  • Between the glowing columns of the cloister is the cool darkness that only churches have, and I stand there and wonder whether, when I am twenty, I shall have experienced the bewildering emotions of love.   (source)
  • I listened to it over and over while staring out at the north cloister.   (source)
  • Behind Notre-Dame, the cloister and its Gothic galleries spread out towards the north;   (source)
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cloister in the religious sense

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  • A hive suggests cloister more than bordello.   (source)
  • A cloister is closed to the outside world, Adam.   (source)
    cloister = residence that is a place of religious seclusion
  • The clink of glasses and the slap of hands on the bars issued from saloons, cloisters of glazed glass and dirty yellow light.   (source)
    cloisters = a place of seclusion from the outside world -- usually a religious residence such as a monastery
  • He lives as a simple priest in a small stone cloister.
  • This day my sister should the cloister enter,   (source)
  • ...they have abandoned the joy of the world and the love of women for the painful austerities of the cloister.   (source)
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cloister as in:  cloister ourselves away

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  • cloister myself away to think and write
  • These scholars broke with the cloistered tradition of mathematics in several important ways.   (source)
    cloistered = secluded from others (separate from others)
  • Martha was a cloistered nun in a convent outside Portland, Maine.   (source)
    cloistered = seclude from the world
  • I meant to cover it just as much as could be, Diana, but when I carried it in I was imagining I was a nun—of course I'm a Protestant but I imagined I was a Catholic—taking the veil to bury a broken heart in cloistered seclusion; and I forgot all about covering the pudding sauce.   (source)
    cloistered = secluded from the world
  • We're not cloistered.   (source)
  • How little real sympathy there exists between us; how many of my thoughts and feelings are gloomily cloistered within my own mind; how much of my higher and better self is indeed unmarried - doomed either to harden and sour in the sunless shade of solitude, or to quite degenerate and fall away for lack of nutriment in this unwholesome soil.   (source)
  • told the priest that though he himself had broader views, he could respect those whose creed required them to be cloistered and ignorant of this world.   (source)
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  • Moreover, the abbey had a series of sprawling cloisters attached.†   (source)
  • A cloistered Savannahian of the purest sort, Mrs. Strong had never been to Europe, and she was past fifty when she visited Charleston for the first time.†   (source)
  • He supposed Ron and Hermione were cloistered in the prefects' carriage, but Ginny was a little way along the corridor, chatting to some friends.†   (source)
  • The eighteen and nineteen year olds didn't socialize with the younger kids, and though there were plenty of students my age and younger (even one spindly twelve year old rumored to have an IQ of 260) their lives were so cloistered and their concerns so foolish and foreign-seeming that it was as if they spoke some lost middle-school tongue I'd forgotten.†   (source)
  • That here at Maxine's side, in this cloistered wilderness, he is free.†   (source)
  • Cloistered spirituality seemed to change nothing in the lives of the people he knew, except maybe Nan.†   (source)
  • It was an image almost mediaeval in its plain lines, its angular clarity: a nun in a cloister, a maiden in a towered dungeon, awaiting the next day's burning at the stake, or else the last-minute champion come to rescue her.†   (source)
  • She had a normal life that did not include being cloistered in a bubble for fourteen hours a day with her sick teenage daughter.†   (source)
  • The last time that Fernanda saw her, trying to keep up with the novice, the iron grating of the cloister had just closed behind her.†   (source)
  • I don't suppose there's much difference between a prison and a cloister, and people have always gone to cloisters for self-reflection.†   (source)
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  • When Clara was alive and Alba was still a child, the big house on the corner was a cloistered world in which she grew up protected even from her own nightmares.†   (source)
  • The library, then, at seven-fifteen, seven-thirty, seven-forty-five of a Sunday night, cloistered with great drifts of silence and transfixed avalanche of books poised like the cuneiform stones of eternity on shelves, so high the unseen snows of time fell all year there.†   (source)
  • Women and girls cloistered in huts, uneducated, unemployed, and unable to contribute significantly to the world represent a vast seam of human gold that is never mined.†   (source)
  • The room was redolent of cloistered women.†   (source)
  • One was at the north end of the Honeycomb, above the place where the tree roots formed a kind of cloister in the burrow.†   (source)
  • Many of the women in Danbury had been cloistered away in prison for years, and despite the harshness of being institutionalized, it was also infantilizing.†   (source)
  • We lived a strange, cloistered existence.†   (source)
  • She told him about her sisters and what it was like to grow up in a city, and also about life on the cloistered campus at Wake.†   (source)
  • It was the most rational Thanksgiving he had ever spent, and he took a sacred oath to spend every future Thanksgiving Day in the cloistered shelter of a hospital.†   (source)
  • ANOTHER WEEK PASSES, and Marlena remains cloistered in her stateroom.†   (source)
  • I hope I shall not be obliged to spend it without my dearest friend...I have been like a nun in a cloister ever since you went away.†   (source)
  • She has broken free of her interrogators and is appealing in cloistered silence to me, with the pained expression of the only one who cares.†   (source)
  • She said this without a trace of irony, I noticed, even though it had taken her thirty years of cloistered life to decide the place wasn't right.†   (source)
  • In their midst was a pale stranger; a slender young weirwood with a trunk as white as a cloistered maid.†   (source)
  • The book seems tame and cloistered, something I'd never have thought of Thoreau, but there it is.†   (source)
  • They turned right onto Third Avenue, and paused in front of a restaurant whose sign said CLOISTER CAFÉ.†   (source)
  • The cloister.†   (source)
  • An abstract, theoretical, academic, cloistered, ivory-tower philosopher...Yes, Robert Stadler loved them.†   (source)
  • If Bindo Altoviti could last through time not only to live in his portrait in a German cloister but to sweat in the bakeries of Rome, then perhaps Alessandro had to abandon his own short view of history in favor of the careful process of descent, the awesome repetitions, the inexplicable similarities and reappearances that made a unity of many generations of fathers and sons.†   (source)
  • Even in the late morning, the shadows were as deep as those in a monastery cloister.†   (source)
  • For even here in Bedley Run, something terrible could occur, in a place like this all cloistered and shady.†   (source)
  • I would be leaving Charleston soon, I thought, leaving the city of the two rivers, which had imparted a passionate sense of aesthetics within me, which had given me a love of antiquity and cloistered gardens.†   (source)
  • They rounded the corner into P Street and walked beside a high stone wall bordering a cloistered convent.†   (source)
  • To me there's a remote and cloistered feeling here.†   (source)
  • Although I was also a strange bird, I didn't see any reason to grow up and cloister myself in some farm shack, freeze in the winter, sweat in the summer, fight flies, and eat cold collards for the sake of art or anything else.†   (source)
  • Why, P. D., what on earth did you lock your car for here in this cloistered atmosphere?†   (source)
  • They parked their hats in the hall, washed their hands in the old-fashioned washroom, and moved out into the garden cloister for a drink.†   (source)
  • Now he's got the congregation to agree to tearing down half of that beautiful old church of ours, going to put up an education building with a cloistered walk leading out from the church—we saw the pictures, didn't we Editha?†   (source)
  • The cathedral garth was a cloistered, pentagonal garden with a bronze postmodern fountain.†   (source)
  • Others choose lives of asceticism within our cloistered residence halls.†   (source)
  • After the gloomy cloisters, the Chapter House felt like a solarium.†   (source)
  • I don't suppose there's much difference between a prison and a cloister, and people have always gone to cloisters for self-reflection.†   (source)
  • But Aureliano himself seemed to prefer the cloister of solitude and he did not show the least desire to know the world that began at the street door of the house.†   (source)
  • At Fatehpur Sikri, Akbar's abandoned sandstone city, they wander among courtyards and cloisters as parrots and hawks fly overhead, and in Salim Chishti's tomb Ashima ties red threads for good luck to a marble lattice screen.†   (source)
  • My Son had mentioned that you might make some attempt to reestablish your acquaintance with him; and although he very properly did not elaborate, I am not such an invalid, nor so cloistered from the world, that I was unable to read between the lines.†   (source)
  • After searching for it uselessly in the taste of earth, in, the perfumed letters from Pietro Crespi, in the tempestuous bed of her husband, she had found peace in that house where memories materialized through the strength of implacable evocation and walked like human beings through the cloistered rooms, Leaning back in her wicker rocking chair, looking at Colonel Aureliano Buendia as if he were the one who looked like a ghost out of the past, Rebeca was not even upset by the news that the lands usurped by Jose Arcadio would be returned to their rightful owners.†   (source)
  • As they hurried down the dark corridor, the sounds of the wind and rain from the open cloister faded behind them.†   (source)
  • "We just left the east cloister," Langdon said, "so the south exit to the garden must be through there and to the right."†   (source)
  • It had been years since he had been there, but he remembered it being out through the cloister somewhere.†   (source)
  • Forty yards down the east cloister, an archway materialized on their left, giving way to another hallway.†   (source)
  • The rain was spitting now, and the walkway was cold and damp with gusts of rain that blew through the lone pillared wall that was the cloister's only source of light.†   (source)
  • The cloisters looked deserted now, admittedly the abbey's least enticing section in the wind and rain.†   (source)
  • These walkways were called cloisters, and Langdon noted with uneasiness that these particular cloisters lived up to their Latin ties to the word claustrophobic.†   (source)
  • THIS WAY TO: CLOISTERS DEANERY COLLEGE HALL MUSEUM PYX CHAMBER ST. FAITH'S CHAPEL CHAPTER HOUSE Langdon and Sophie were jogging as they passed beneath the sign, moving too quickly to notice the small announcement apologizing that certain areas were closed for renovations.†   (source)
  • By the third week the cloister of the Convent of St. Clare was full all the way to its poplar-lined walks, and it was necessary to use the Community's orchard, which was twice as large, as a cemetery.†   (source)
  • The structure atop it resembled the Gard they knew, but with a massive wall around it, the fortress enclosed within like a garden in a cloister.†   (source)
  • The cloistered path led upward, and though the degree of slope was not great, Joe became more quickly winded than he had expected.†   (source)
  • Night after night he had cloistered them and let them talk, intervening only now and then to limit the invective between the Hutu and the Tutsi boys.†   (source)
  • She told me that the Christopher Columbus was a thriving business and that every year she renovated part of the decor, replacing the stranded hulls of Polynesian shipwrecks with severe monastic cloisters, and baroque garden swings with torture racks, depending on the latest fashion.†   (source)
  • The Mass of Gratitude in the chapel was packed, Hema and Vinu in the front pew and the crowd spilling out to the cloisters.†   (source)
  • The patio was like an abbey cloister, with a stone fountain murmuring in the center and pots of heliotrope that perfumed the house at dusk, but the space among the arcades was inadequate for so many grand family names.†   (source)
  • We were only half-clothed in the open-air cloister, and if it hadn't been so patently unshaded and bright we might have done something right there and then that was quite extreme, and perhaps even wonderful.†   (source)
  • Through the Mother's Doors marched white septas from their cloister, seven abreast and singing softly, while the silent sisters came single file down the Stranger's Steps.†   (source)
  • I know again why I favor it so much here, how I esteem the hush of this suburban foliage in every season, the surprising naturalness of its studied, human plan, how the privying hills and vales and dead-end lanes make one feel this indeed is the good and decent living, a cloister for those of us who are modest and unspecial.†   (source)
  • As the hall emptied, the Elder Brother asked Narbert to show Podrick and Ser Hyle to their pallets in the cloisters.†   (source)
  • He found him in one of the oldest houses on the Park of the Evangels; it was half in ruins, and its interior patio, with weeds in the flowerpots and a stone fountain with no water, resembled an abbey cloister.†   (source)
  • Accustomed to large scattered families in houses where no one was certain how many people were living or eating at any given time, Hildebranda could not imagine a girl her age reduced to the cloister of a private life.†   (source)
  • The brow of the hill was crowned by a low wall of unmortared stone, encircling a cluster of large buildings; the windmill, its sails creaking as they turned, the cloisters where the brothers slept and the common hall where they took their meals, a wooden sept for prayer and meditation.†   (source)
  • Drone of the engines, aisle lights very dim, stewardess asleep no doubt, or smoking a cigarette in her tight barren cloister musing on a dress she has half-finished, folded up in her closet to await her return, hidden carefully, sullenly, like all other signs of her existence, because her roommate has gentleman friends when she is gone, a working agreement: when she returns, exit roommate, and when she leaves again she vanishes utterly, like smoke.†   (source)
  • She made a sign to a girl in the cloister to bring some water.†   (source)
  • A company of men walked silently across the rock to the cloister.†   (source)
  • The saint in a cloister sacrifices only material things.†   (source)
  • It should be said out loud, not whispered in cloisters.†   (source)
  • Eugene thought The Cloister and the Hearth the best story he had ever read.†   (source)
  • Passing along a cloister, he reached the terrace leaning over the valley.†   (source)
  • I erased my ego out of existence in a way never achieved by any saint in a cloister.†   (source)
  • He moved across the cloister to kiss Mordred gently, smiling upon them all.†   (source)
  • The page who had brought Sir Agravaine's hippocras came in from the cloister door.†   (source)
  • Without a word Grimm turned and ran across the yard and into the house where the old disgraced minister lived alone, and the three men followed, rushing into the hall, pausing, bringing with them into its stale and cloistral dimness something of the savage summer sunlight which they had just left.†   (source)
  • heavy father even, talking about the scholarship, the culture, the Latin and the Greek that would equip and polish him for the position which he would hold in life and how a man to be sure could get that anywhere, in his own library even, who had the will; but how there was something, some quality to culture which only the monastic, the cloistral monotony of a—say obscure and small (though high class, high class) college, —and he—" (neither of them said 'Bon'.†   (source)
  • He was found and fostered by fishermen, and at the age of six was sent to a cloister to be educated as a priest.†   (source)
  • The whole thing set high on brick pillars, to make a cool cobweb-draped cloister underneath, screened on the front side by rank ligustrums and canna beds, for hens to congregate and fluff in the dust and an old shepherd dog to lie and pant in the hot days.†   (source)
  • That, thought Scarlett, was the height of absurdity, for there was little, now, which even the most cloistered women had not seen and known in the last five years.†   (source)
  • It was this cloistral hush which gave our laughter its resonance, and carried it still, joyously, over the intervening clamor.†   (source)
  • Through the cloister.†   (source)
  • The parachute-lights soar upwards—and I see a picture, a summer evening, I am in the cathedral cloister and look at the tall rose trees that bloom in the middle of the little cloister garden where the monks lie buried.†   (source)
  • from the sides of their mouths, some youngish men, townsmen, some of whom Byron knew as clerks and young lawyers and even merchants, who had a generally identical authoritative air, like policemen in disguise and not especially caring if the disguise hid the policeman or not) countrymen in overalls moved, with almost the air of monks in a cloister, speaking quietly among themselves of money and crops, looking quietly now and then upward at the ceiling beyond which the Grand Jury was preparing behind locked doors to take the life of a man whom few of them had ever seen to know, for having taken the life of a woman whom even fewer of them had known to see.†   (source)
  • It's the spring of love ..." and then in condescension to my paganism, she added: "He's in a very beautiful place, you know, by the sea—white cloisters, a bell tower, rows of green vegetables, and a monk watering them when the sun is low."†   (source)
  • hair and her father's eyes and Henry with his hair halfway between his father's red and Ellen's black and eyes of a bright dark hazel; —this small body with its air of curious and paradoxical awkwardness like a costume borrowed at the last moment and of necessity for a masquerade which she did not want to attend: that aura of a creature cloistered now by deliberate choice and still in the throes of enforced apprenticeship to, rather than voluntary or even acquiescent participation in, breathing—this bound maidservant to flesh and blood waiting even now to escape it by writing a schoolgirl's poetry about the also-dead—the face, the smallest face in company, watching him across the table wit†   (source)
  • From thence they became vaguely attached to all the sacristies in town: they trimmed all the cloister hedges; they polished every possible crucifix; they passed a damp cloth once a year over most of the ecclesiastical ceilings.†   (source)
  • Besides the church proper there was the cloister, large, thick-walled, which must have required an enormous labour of portage from the plain.†   (source)
  • And he talked enchantingly about the good free life of the mind, cloistered study, the rich culture of the city, and about the food.†   (source)
  • Their host was telling them pompously that he would have a fountain in the cloister close when they came again.†   (source)
  • He sees himself a shadowy figure among shadows, paradoxical, with a kind of false optimism and egoism believing that he would find in that part of the Church which most blunders, dreamrecovering, among the blind passions and the lifted hands and voices of men, that which he had failed to find in the Church's cloistered apotheosis upon earth.†   (source)
  • I sought inspiration among gutted palaces and cloisters embowered in weed, derelict churches where the vampire-bats hung in the dome like dry seed-pods and only the ants were ceaselessly astir tunneling in the rich stalls; cities where no road led, and mausoleums where a single, agued family of Indians sheltered from the rains.†   (source)
  • At this complicated moment the cloister door was opened for the second time, and the courteous page announced as impassively as ever: "His Majesty the King!"†   (source)
  • He enlarged the churchyard and made the deep garden in the cloister, enriching it with dung from the corrals.†   (source)
  • An enormous eagle-owl who was sometimes used as a decoy, but who was at present standing on a perch in the shade of the cloister, opened his eyes when the bells rang.†   (source)
  • They were shown over the place, and spent the morning gossiping in the cloister walks, cool and silent, though the naked rock outside was almost too hot for the hand to touch.†   (source)
  • The two were standing in the cloisters of the Orkney palace at Camelot, looking out at the hawks who sat beneath the sun, on their blocks in the green courtyard.†   (source)
  • Unfortunately the cook, astonished at the prolonged silence, had looked in at the door just as the last pair of brown gowns were vanishing across the cloister.†   (source)
  • The cloisters had the new-fashioned flamboyant arches, in whose graceful frames the hawks stood out with noble indifference— a jerfalcon, a goshawk, a falcon and her tiercel, and four little merlins who had been kept all winter, yet had survived.†   (source)
  • The deep cloister corridors were cool when the rock outside was blistering; the low arches opened on an enclosed garden which, judging from its depth of earth, must once have been very verdant.†   (source)
  • Built upon the north-east corner of the cloister the Bishop found a loggia—roofed, but with open sides, looking down on the white pueblo and the tawny rock, and over the wide plain below.†   (source)
  • Here he was able to grow a wonderful garden, since it was watered every evening by women,—and this despite the fact that it was not proper that a woman should ever enter the cloister at all.†   (source)
  • They carried him down the ladder and through the cloister and acrossthe rock to the most precipitous cliff—the one over which the Acoma women flung broken pots and such refuse as the turkeys would not eat.†   (source)
  • Pacing those shady passages, with four feet of solid, windowless adobe shutting out everything but the green garden and the turquoise sky above, the earlymissionaries might well have forgotten the poor Acomas, that tribe of ancient rock-turtles, and believed themselves in some cloister hung on a spur of the Pyrenees.†   (source)
  • The story of the old Archbishop's life, often told in the cloisters and class-rooms at Montferrand, had taken hold of this boy's imagination, and he had long waited an opportunity to come.†   (source)
  • He loved the towering peaks of his native mountains, the comeliness of the villages, the cleanness of the country-side, the beautiful lines and cloisters of his own college.†   (source)
  • The women, indeed, took pleasure in watching the garden pine and waste away from thirst, and ventured into the cloisters to laugh and chatter at the whitening foliage of the peach trees, and the green grapes shrivelling on the vines.†   (source)
  • Traceried windows, and cloisters, you see.†   (source)
  • —I suppose they would retain it in the cloisters?†   (source)
  • Ross McGurk was an emperor of the new era, better served than any cloistered satrap of old.†   (source)
  • Why, you wicked man, a cloister implies a monk, and a monk Roman Catholicism.†   (source)
  • "I will enter a cloister; I will become a nun," said Milady.†   (source)
  • The other half he spent in "Bogucharovo Cloister," as his father called Prince Andrew's estate.†   (source)
  • The cloister, the altar, work, books,—follies!†   (source)
  • One must not ask too much of a gentleman who is in love with a cloistered nun.†   (source)
  • More than once the holy cloisters on Moriah resounded with the cries of fighting-men.†   (source)
  • Jehan made him a deep bow, and descended the cloister stairs, whistling.†   (source)
  • Better, I think, that you all go upon the roof above the cloisters—say upon the Porch of Solomon.†   (source)
  • "You were in a cloister," said the executioner, "and you left it to ruin my brother."†   (source)
  • At certain hours childhood sparkled in that cloister.†   (source)
  • That cavern, which was called the choir, communicated with the cloister by a lobby.†   (source)
  • He stopped a beadle who emerged from the cloister,—"Where is monsieur the archdeacon of Josas?"†   (source)
  • Besides, what the cloister knows the world learns not.†   (source)
  • From that window, situated in the cloister, he could see la Esmeralda's chamber.†   (source)
  • In this cloister play was mingled with heaven.†   (source)
  • It was the hour when no stranger could remain in the cloister.†   (source)
  • Cloister walls are not to be stepped over.†   (source)
  • Behind the cloister there is a little door which opens on the Terrain and the water.†   (source)
  • The Catholic cloister, properly speaking, is wholly filled with the black radiance of death.†   (source)
  • When he heard this news, he shut himself in his cell in the cloister.†   (source)
  • —CEMETERIES TAKE THAT WHICH IS COMMITTED THEM this cloister.†   (source)
  • He had just retired, after the office, to his canon's cell in the cloister of Notre-Dame.†   (source)
  • While still a child, his father had cloistered him in the college of Torchi in the University.†   (source)
  • The cloister, that cloister, is the point of intersection of horrors.†   (source)
  • In the cloister, one suffers in order to enjoy.†   (source)
  • What you beheld was the interior of a cloister.†   (source)
  • In the lesser arm lay the kitchens, the refectory, backed up by the cloisters and the church.†   (source)
  • I have bought three copies of it during my lifetime; and I am informed by the publishers that its cloistered existence is still a steady and healthy one.†   (source)
  • The Gothic halls and cloisters were infinitely more mysterious as they loomed suddenly out of the darkness, outlined each by myriad faint squares of yellow light.†   (source)
  • A cloister!†   (source)
  • Even in the unwooded parts, where the horizon is large, here and there against the background of a dark and distant mass of trees, now leafless or still keeping their summer foliage unchanged, a double row of orange-red chestnuts seemed, as in a picture just begun, to be the only thing painted, so far, by an artist who had not yet laid any colour on the rest, and to be offering their cloister, in full daylight, for the casual exercise of the human figures that would be added to the picture later on.†   (source)
  • In the wooded places are many little cloistered nooks, quiet places where lovers go to sit on Sunday afternoons.†   (source)
  • "All the same, it was in love's service," Naphta declared, "that machinery was set in motion by which the cloister cleansed the world of its wicked citizens.†   (source)
  • Since she was lying on the sofa, cloistered, exempt, the presence of this thing which she felt to be so obvious became physically existent; with robes of sound from the street, sunny, with hot breath, whispering, blowing out the blinds.†   (source)
  • Coming straight from the convent, she had gone in behind the high walls of the manor-house that was almost more cloistral than any convent could have been.†   (source)
  • That this Ford car might stand in front of the Bon Ton Store, Hannibal invaded Rome and Erasmus wrote in Oxford cloisters.†   (source)
  • Passing the evening, therefore, in a desultory waiting about the town wherein he avoided the precincts of every cloister and hall, because he could not bear to behold them, he repaired to the tavern bar while the hundred and one strokes were resounding from the Great Bell of Cardinal College, a coincidence which seemed to him gratuitous irony.†   (source)
  • She waded down stilly cloisters between burnt stump and icy oak, through drifts marked with a million hieroglyphics of rabbit and mouse and bird.†   (source)
  • He talked of Greenwich Village now instead of "noon-swirled moons," and met winter muses, unacademic, and cloistered by Forty-second Street and Broadway, instead of the Shelleyan dream-children with whom he had regaled their expectant appreciation.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • For the cloister it is all right but for the street I really think it would be better to do away with it, don't you?†   (source)
  • Dr. Gottlieb tells me that you have a natural aptitude for cloistered investigation but that you have been looking over the fields of medical practice and public health before you settled down to the laboratory.†   (source)
  • His own image started forth a profaner of the cloister, a heretic franciscan, willing and willing not to serve, spinning like Gherardino da Borgo San Donnino, a lithe web of sophistry and whispering in her ear.†   (source)
  • For many days he haunted the cloisters and quadrangles of the colleges at odd minutes in passing them, surprised by impish echoes of his own footsteps, smart as the blows of a mallet.†   (source)
  • The sound made him feel as if he were breathing the moldy, cool air of Saint Catherine's Church or the crypt in Saint Michael's, as if he could sense the gentle draft of places where as you walked, hat in hand, you fell into a certain reverential, forward rocking motion, your heels never touching the ground; and he also thought he could hear the remote, cloistered silence of those reverberating spaces.†   (source)
  • Perhaps a cloister would be preferable.†   (source)
  • The masses had long since learned that for the education and discipline needed in the battle against the decaying bourgeoisie they should look elsewhere than to coercive schools imposed by the authorities; and by now every idiot knew that the school system developed from the cloisters of the Middle Ages was as anachronistic and absurd as a periwig, that no one owed his real education to schools anymore, and that free, open instruction by public lectures, exhibitions, films, and so forth was far superior to that found in any schoolroom.†   (source)
  • His morning walk across the city had begun, and he foreknew that as he passed the sloblands of Fairview he would think of the cloistral silver-veined prose of Newman; that as he walked along the North Strand Road, glancing idly at the windows of the provision shops, he would recall the dark humour of Guido Cavalcanti and smile; that as he went by Baird's stonecutting works in Talbot Place the spirit of Ibsen would blow through him like a keen wind, a spirit of wayward boyish beauty; and that passing a grimy marine dealer's shop beyond the Liffey he would repeat the song by Ben Jonson which begins: I was not wearier where I lay.†   (source)
  • A start of aversion appeared in his fancy to move them at sight of those other sons of the place, the form in the full-bottomed wig, statesman, rake, reasoner, and sceptic; the smoothly shaven historian so ironically civil to Christianity; with others of the same incredulous temper, who knew each quad as well as the faithful, and took equal freedom in haunting its cloisters.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • The former makes her father's house an abode of freedom and of pleasure; the latter lives in the home of her husband as if it were a cloister.†   (source)
  • From certain cloistered old authors I have gathered that this same sea-unicorn's horn was in ancient days regarded as the great antidote against poison, and as such, preparations of it brought immense prices.†   (source)
  • "Upon my word," he said, as they entered the cool cloisters, "I think the cottagers have the best of it: these cloisters make a delightful dining-room on a hot day.†   (source)
  • But she gave us her blessing, and the assurance of her lasting friendship, and spoke to us, generally, as became a Voice from the Cloister.†   (source)
  • This place was his almonry and cloister in one: here, after looking to the feeding of his four-footed dependants, the celibate would walk and meditate of an evening till the moon's rays streamed in through the cobwebbed windows, or total darkness enveloped the scene.†   (source)
  • This figure of the study and the cloister, as Hester Prynne's womanly fancy failed not to recall, was slightly deformed, with the left shoulder a trifle higher than the right.†   (source)
  • Then I shook hands again, and we went out of the hall and into the cloisters, and so in the street found Greylocks in the shafts waiting for us.†   (source)
  • CLOISTERED.†   (source)
  • And there really was a churchyard outside under some cloisters, for I saw the gravestones from the staircase window.†   (source)
  • Or why should a woman liken herself to any historical woman, and think, because Sappho,[359] or Sévigné,[360] or De Staël,[361] or the cloistered souls who have had genius and cultivation, do not satisfy the imagination and the serene Themis,[362] none can,—certainly not she.†   (source)
  • 'Go!' said Kim, pushing him lightly, and the lama strode away, leaving Kim at the edge of the cloister.†   (source)
  • Yes, he had been for the last year in our monastery, and seemed willing to be cloistered there for the rest of his life.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • In France, where remnants of every age are still so strangely mingled in the opinions and tastes of the people, women commonly receive a reserved, retired, and almost cloistral education, as they did in aristocratic times; and then they are suddenly abandoned, without a guide and without assistance, in the midst of all the irregularities inseparable from democratic society.†   (source)
  • While thus looking out into the shade of Old Square, Lincoln's Inn, surveying the intolerable bricks and mortar, Mr. Guppy becomes conscious of a manly whisker emerging from the cloistered walk below and turning itself up in the direction of his face.†   (source)
  • The ground floor of the building round the quadrangle was occupied by a wide arcade or cloister, whose fanciful but strong architecture I could not enough admire.†   (source)
  • The cloisters, reached by three or four masonry steps, made a haven of refuge around this turbulent sea.†   (source)
  • No grand company was come except the Irwines, for whom the carriage had been sent early, and Arthur was at that moment not in a back room, but walking with the rector into the broad stone cloisters of the old abbey, where the long tables were laid for all the cottage tenants and the farm-servants.†   (source)
  • 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.†   (source)
  • '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?†   (source)
  • Then by passages and arched halls; through courts, and under colonnades not always lighted; up long flights of stairs, past innumerable cloisters and chambers, they were conducted into a tower of great height.†   (source)
  • There is very little amusement in the cloister, and the good superior was eager to make the acquaintance of her new boarder.†   (source)
  • The old lime-tree walk was like green cloisters, the very shadows of the cherry-trees and apple-trees were heavy with fruit, the gooseberry-bushes were so laden that their branches arched and rested on the earth, the strawberries and raspberries grew in like profusion, and the peaches basked by the hundred on the wall.†   (source)
  • We turned into the cloister and came to a richly moulded and carved doorway, where a very pretty dark-haired young girl gave us each a beautiful bunch of summer flowers, and we entered a hall much bigger than that of the Hammersmith Guest House, more elaborate in its architecture and perhaps more beautiful.†   (source)
  • Kim, fending the lama between excited men and excited beasts, sidled along the cloisters to the far end, nearest therailway station, where Mahbub Ali, the horse-trader, lived when he came in from that mysterious land beyond the Passes of the North.†   (source)
  • Chapter XXIII Dinner-Time WHEN Adam heard that he was to dine upstairs with the large tenants, he felt rather uncomfortable at the idea of being exalted in this way above his mother and Seth, who were to dine in the cloisters below.†   (source)
  • On the other, the south side, of the road was an octagonal building with a high roof, not unlike the Baptistry at Florence in outline, except that it was surrounded by a lean-to that clearly made an arcade or cloisters to it: it also was most delicately ornamented.†   (source)
  • By the cloisterly Temple, and by Whitefriars (there, not without a glance at Hanging-Sword Alley, which would seem to be something in his way), and by Blackfriars Bridge, and Blackfriars Road, Mr. George sedately marches to a street of little shops lying somewhere in that ganglion of roads from Kent and Surrey, and of streets from the bridges of London, centring in the far-famed elephant who has lost his castle formed of a thousand four-horse coaches to a stronger iron monster than he, ready to chop him into mince-meat any day he dares.†   (source)
  • They went up the stone staircase leading simply to the long gallery above the cloisters, a gallery where all the dusty worthless old pictures had been banished for the last three generations—mouldy portraits of Queen Elizabeth and her ladies, General Monk with his eye knocked out, Daniel very much in the dark among the lions, and Julius Caesar on horseback, with a high nose and laurel crown, holding his Commentaries in his hand.†   (source)
  • Half pushed, half towed, he arrived at the high gate of the Kashmir Serai: that huge open square over against the railway station, surrounded with arched cloisters, where the camel and horse caravans put up on their return from Central Asia.†   (source)
  • Porthos went away after having appointed a meeting with the procurator's wife in the cloister of St. Magloire.†   (source)
  • "I—I am a Jew"—Ben-Hur seemed shrinking within himself as he spoke—"and, though I wear a Roman name, I dared not do professionally a thing to sully my father's name in the cloisters and courts of the Temple.†   (source)
  • Mme. Coquenard repaired trembling to the cloister of St. Magloire, for she guessed the reproaches that awaited her there; but she was fascinated by the lofty airs of Porthos.†   (source)
  • There were people with me on the porch and in the courts, and on the cloisters and on the steps of the three sides of the Temple there were other people—I will say a million of people, all waiting breathlessly to hear his proclamation.†   (source)
  • Porthos, yielding to the pressure of the arm of the procurator's wife, as a bark yields to the rudder, arrived at the cloister St. Magloire—a little-frequented passage, enclosed with a turnstile at each end.†   (source)
  • On this faith, dear reader, the Pharisees or Separatists—the latter being rather a political term—in the cloisters and around the altars of the Temple, built an edifice of hope far overtopping the dream of the Macedonian.†   (source)
  • Now, in those days there were lawyers in the cloisters of the Temple who disputed vehemently, saying the children of servants bound forever took the condition of their parents; but the Prince Hur was a man righteous in all things, and an interpreter of the law after the straitest sect, though not of them.†   (source)
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