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keystone
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

4 uses
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Definition
something of importance upon which other things depend

or:

architecture or masonry:  the central building block at the top of an arch or vault (providing pressure to lock the other blocks into place)
  • In the centre lay a leather mattress, placed almost flat upon the ground, over which hung a strap provided with a buckle, attached to a brass ring in the mouth of a flat-nosed monster carved in the keystone of the vault.
    2.8.2 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 2 — Continuation of the Crown.... (16% in)
  • "What the deuce is she thinking of?" thought Gringoire, staring at what she was gazing at; " 'tis impossible that it can be that stone dwarf carved in the keystone of that arch, which thus absorbs her attention.
    1.2.7 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 7 — A Bridal Night (40% in)
  • ...the elements of a Rome made from the Rome which lies in ruins around the Capitol, while Christianity is seeking all the stages of society amid the rubbish of anterior civilization, and rebuilding with its ruins a new hierarchic universe, the keystone to whose vault is the priest—one first hears a dull echo from that chaos, and then, little by little, one sees, arising from beneath the breath of Christianity, from beneath the hand of the barbarians, from the fragments of the dead Greek...
    1.5.2 — Vol 1 Bk 5 Chpt 2 — This Will Kill That (23% in)
  • A single pointed window, narrowly encased in the thick wall, illuminated with a pale ray of January sun two grotesque figures,—the capricious demon of stone carved as a tail-piece in the keystone of the vaulted ceiling, and the judge seated at the end of the hall on the fleurs-de-lis.
    1.6.1 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 1 — An Impartial Glance at.... (38% in)

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