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Definition a communal dining-hall (usually in a monastery)
  • Come presently To the refectory, I'll make you drink A famous bowl of soup....
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Great splashes of sunlight as we ran up the wooden steps of the refectory.
    Jean Rhys  --  Wide Sargasso Sea
  • Captain Walker took her brother's arm and they followed their parents down to the refectory.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Tunnel In the Sky
  • Aram seated himself at the long table in the refectory, across from several of the Buddha's monks.
    Roger Zelazny  --  Lord of Light
  • 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
  • He suggested I should go to the refectory for dinner, but I wasn't hungry.
    Albert Camus  --  The Stranger
  • Rody Kickham had greaves in his number and a hamper in the refectory.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

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