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  • And yet, she heard those chords in her sleep, found herself humming them during her ablutions.†   (source)
  • My momma had to iron forty pounds of clothes to make four dollars, so we were probably the last family on Roy Webb Road to experience the joy of twentieth-century ablution.†   (source)
  • Marie literally crawled out of bed, headed for the bathroom, and four minutes later, ablutions completed, her auburn hair brushed and, wearing a bathrobe, walked out through the shuttered door to the patio overlooking the pool.†   (source)
  • I dressed and began my usual ablutions: a quick wash with a dampened rag, a fitful, pulling shave with a knife's edge, and then a meager, rationed morning meal of barley porridge and tea from the officers' mess.†   (source)
  • Lemme finish my goddam ablutions in peace, please.†   (source)
  • The sun tanned his light shoulders by the banks of the river when bathing, performing the sacred ablutions, the sacred offerings.†   (source)
  • Sighing, the tailor knelt and began his ablutions again with his left foot.†   (source)
  • The evening had come, it was time to perform the evening's ablution.†   (source)
  • But for me it is time to go to the river and to perform the first ablution.†   (source)
  • Eragon went to the wash closet and performed his morning ablutions, including removing the stubble from his cheeks with a spell.†   (source)
  • In the center of a plaza was an olympic-size pool surrounded by shouting pilgrims attempting to get to the edge of the water to perform their ritual, pre-prayer ablutions.†   (source)
  • In fewer minutes than his face appreciated, he shaved, then completed his ablutions, dressed, and walked down into the street to his Peugeot, where there was the inevitable ticket on the windshield; alas, it was no longer officially dismissible with a quiet phone call.†   (source)
  • With no water on hand, Abdul rolled up his pantlegs and sleeves and performed ritualized ablutions anyway, symbolically rubbing away impurities that couldn't be washed.†   (source)
  • With a groan, Eragon hobbled to the wash closet for his daily ablutions, like an old man afflicted by rheumatism.†   (source)
  • The ablutions were good, but they were water, they did not wash off the sin, they did not heal the spirit's thirst, they did not relieve the fear in his heart.†   (source)
  • He had heard a voice, a voice in his own heart, which had commanded him to seek rest under this tree, and he had neither preferred self-castigation, offerings, ablutions, nor prayer, neither food nor drink, neither sleep nor dream, he had obeyed the voice.†   (source)
  • In the other a stately araucaria, a thriving, straight-grown baby tree, a perfect specimen, which to the last needle of the topmost twig reflects the pride of frequent ablutions.†   (source)
  • Like old ladies caught at their ablutions, the pigeons would flutter from their hiding-place, shocked into silly agitation, and, making a monstrous to-do with their wings, streak away from us above the tree-tops, and so out of sight and sound.†   (source)
  • The way of worship is primarily that of preserving and cultivating purity of heart: 'What is ablution?†   (source)
  • Still startled, the woman moved out, keeping the ablution-tank between them.†   (source)
  • Milly thanked him and proceeded leisurely about her ablutions.†   (source)
  • Bad plan," went on Presbrey, noting how gingerly his visitor had gone about his ablutions.†   (source)
  • Not being a Pharisee, the ablution was short and simple with Judah.†   (source)
  • On Wednesday morning Carl got up before it was light, and stole downstairs and out of the kitchen door just as old Ivar was making his morning ablutions at the pump.†   (source)
  • Hendon despatched his ablutions with alacrity, then drew back the other chair and was about to place himself at table, when the boy said, indignantly— "Forbear!†   (source)
  • While he was performing his ablutions Dunn and Ory Tacks drove in with the day's total of hides, eighty-six, not a good showing.†   (source)
  • The courtyard—entered through a ruined gate—contained an ablution tank of fresh clear water, which was always in motion, being indeed part of a conduit that supplied the city.†   (source)
  • Here Hetty performed her ablutions; then drinking of the pure mountain water, she went her way, refreshed and lighter of heart, still attended by her singular companions.†   (source)
  • At that time in the morning any Christian would have washed his face; but Queequeg, to my amazement, contented himself with restricting his ablutions to his chest, arms, and hands.†   (source)
  • Her uncle was so far rescued from that shadow of old, that he wore the clothes they gave him, and performed some ablutions as a sacrifice to the family credit, and went where he was taken, with a certain patient animal enjoyment, which seemed to express that the air and change did him good.†   (source)
  • As for exercise, it was nice cold weather, and he was allowed to perform his ablutions every morning under the pump, in a stone yard, in the presence of Mr. Bumble, who prevented his catching cold, and caused a tingling sensation to pervade his frame, by repeated applications of the cane.†   (source)
  • She sprang out of bed and accomplished the two ablutions of soul and body, her prayers and her toilet.†   (source)
  • When my ablutions were completed, I was put into clean linen of the stiffest character, like a young penitent into sackcloth, and was trussed up in my tightest and fearfullest suit.†   (source)
  • These household cares involve much pattening and counter-pattening in the backyard and considerable use of a pail, which is finally so happy as to assist in the ablutions of Mrs. Bagnet herself.†   (source)
  • Elephants were bathing in the waters of the sacred river, and groups of Indians, despite the advanced season and chilly air, were performing solemnly their pious ablutions.†   (source)
  • Mr. Darcy may perhaps have heard of such a place as Gracechurch Street, but he would hardly think a month's ablution enough to cleanse him from its impurities, were he once to enter it; and depend upon it, Mr. Bingley never stirs without him."†   (source)
  • "Excuse me, I've only just finished my ablutions," he said, smiling, standing before him in his underclothes only.†   (source)
  • …and placed upon the try-works, completely hiding the pots; every cask is out of sight; all tackles are coiled in unseen nooks; and when by the combined and simultaneous industry of almost the entire ship's company, the whole of this conscientious duty is at last concluded, then the crew themselves proceed to their own ablutions; shift themselves from top to toe; and finally issue to the immaculate deck, fresh and all aglow, as bridegrooms new-leaped from out the daintiest Holland.†   (source)
  • Hist seldom appeared to more advantage than at that moment, for just from her rest and ablutions, there was a freshness about her youthful form and face that the toils of the wood do not always permit to be exhibited, by even the juvenile and pretty.†   (source)
  • Dougal was silent for several minutes, watching me intently as I conducted my haphazard ablutions.†   (source)
  • Instead it was Jamie, hair spiked with dampness from his predinner ablutions, still in his shirt, knotted together between his legs for working in the fields.†   (source)
  • His (Stephen's) mind was not exactly what you would call wandering but a bit unsteady and on his expressed desire for some beverage to drink Mr Bloom, in view of the hou, it was and there being no pump of Vartry water available for their ablutions,let alone drinking purposes, hit upon an expedient by suggesting, off the reel, the propriety of the cabman's shelter, as it was called, hardly a stonesthrow away near Butt bridge where they might hit upon some drinkables in the shape of a…†   (source)
  • There is more than mere humorous contrast between the famous placard in the wash-room of the British Museum: "These Basins Are For Casual Ablutions Only," and the familiar sign at American railroad-crossings: "Stop!†   (source)
  • Yet forgot I to make rehearsale Of waters corrosive, and of limaile,* *metal filings And of bodies' mollification, And also of their induration, Oiles, ablutions, metal fusible, To tellen all, would passen any Bible That owhere* is; wherefore, as for the best, *anywhere Of all these names now will I me rest; For, as I trow, I have you told enough To raise a fiend, all look he ne'er so rough.†   (source)
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