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recluse
used in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

52 uses
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Definition
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
  • The young girl had recognized the spiteful recluse.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (42% in)
recluse = a person who has withdrawn from society (avoids contact with others)
  • "It is the recluse of the Tour-Roland," they exclaimed, with wild laughter, "it is the sacked nun who is scolding!
    1.2.3 — Vol 1 Bk 2 Chpt 3 — Kisses for Blows (43% in)
  • The city, on its side, had founded in honor of the damoiselle, a public breviary, which had been fastened near the window of the cell, in order that passers-by might halt there from time to time, were it only to pray; that prayer might remind them of alms, and that the poor recluses, heiresses of Madame Rolande's vault, might not die outright of hunger and forgetfulness.
    1.6.2 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 2 — The Rat-Hole (46% in)
  • It brought some pittance to the miserable penitent from time to time, looked through the hole to see whether he were still living, forgot his name, hardly knew how many years ago he had begun to die, and to the stranger, who questioned them about the living skeleton who was perishing in that cellar, the neighbors replied simply, "It is the recluse."
    1.6.2 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 2 — The Rat-Hole (68% in)
  • To confine ourselves to the cell in the Tour-Roland, we must say that it had never lacked recluses.
    1.6.2 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 2 — The Rat-Hole (84% in)
  • 'tis the recluse of the Rat-Hole.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (19% in)
  • "By the way," she exclaimed, "we are forgetting the recluse!
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (72% in)
  • The three women retraced their steps, and, on arriving in the vicinity of the Tour-Roland, Oudarde said to the other two,— "We must not all three gaze into the hole at once, for fear of alarming the recluse.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (73% in)
  • Do you two pretend to read the Dominus in the breviary, while I thrust my nose into the aperture; the recluse knows me a little.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (73% in)
  • Such was the creature who had received, from her habitation, the name of the "recluse"; and, from her garment, the name of "the sacked nun."
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (81% in)
  • Oudarde looked and beheld, in the corner where the eyes of the recluse were fixed in that sombre ecstasy, a tiny shoe of pink satin, embroidered with a thousand fanciful designs in gold and silver.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (84% in)
  • But neither their looks nor their tears disturbed the recluse.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (85% in)
  • At length Gervaise, the most curious of the three, and consequently the least sensitive, tried to make the recluse speak: "Sister!
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (86% in)
  • The recluse did not move; not a word, not a glance, not a sigh, not a sign of life.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (86% in)
  • At the sound of this clear, fresh, ringing child's voice, the recluse trembled; she turned her head with the sharp, abrupt movement of a steel spring, her long, fleshless hands cast aside the hair from her brow, and she fixed upon the child, bitter, astonished, desperate eyes.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (89% in)
  • Nevertheless, this shock had, so to speak, awakened the recluse.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (90% in)
  • "I do perceive it," said the recluse; " 'tis two days now since I have had any water in my crock."
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (93% in)
  • The recluse trembled all over, rose erect on her bare feet, and leaped at the window with eyes so glaring that Mahiette and Oudarde, and the other woman and the child recoiled even to the parapet of the quay.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (98% in)
  • Meanwhile, the sinister face of the recluse appeared pressed to the grating of the air-hole.
    1.6.3 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 3 — History of a Leavened Cake of Maize (99% in)
  • It was at that moment that the recluse caught sight, from the window of her bole, of the gypsy on the pillory, and hurled at her her sinister imprecation,— "Accursed be thou, daughter of Egypt!
    1.6.4 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 4 — A Tear for a Drop of Water (99% in)
  • The voice of the recluse still pursued her,— "Descend! descend!
    1.6.5 — Vol 1 Bk 6 Chpt 5 — End of the Story of the Cake (11% in)
  • She believed herself to be hated, in all the city, by but two persons, of whom she often spoke in terror: the sacked nun of the Tour-Roland, a villanous recluse who cherished some secret grudge against these gypsies, and who cursed the poor dancer every time that the latter passed before her window; and a priest, who never met her without casting at her looks and words which frightened her.
    2.7.2 — Vol 2 Bk 7 Chpt 2 — A Priest and a Philosopher are.... (73% in)
  • She took her feet in her hands, a gesture habitual with unhappy wretches who are cold, as we have already seen in the case of the recluse of the Tour-Roland, and her teeth chattered.
    2.8.4 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 4 — Lasciate Ogni Speranza.... (28% in)
  • One May morning, when the sun was rising on one of those dark blue skies against which Garofolo loves to place his Descents from the Cross, the recluse of the Tour-Roland heard a sound of wheels, of horses and irons in the Place de Grève.
    2.8.5 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 5 — The Mother (24% in)
  • "Some children said that it was a gypsy," went on the recluse.
    2.8.5 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 5 — The Mother (86% in)
  • "Do I hate them!" exclaimed the recluse, " they are vampires, stealers of children!
    2.8.5 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 5 — The Mother (88% in)
  • The recluse writhed her arms with joy.
    2.8.5 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 5 — The Mother (95% in)
  • Noel!" shouted the populace in its turn; and that immense acclamation flew to astonish the crowd assembled at the Grève on the other bank, and the recluse who was still waiting with her eyes riveted on the gibbet.
    2.8.6 — Vol 2 Bk 8 Chpt 6 — Three Human Hearts Differently.... (**% in)
  • Then she felt terror mount to the very roots of her hair and she heard the mocking laugh of the recluse, saying to her in a very low tone: "Hah! hah! hah! you are going to be hanged!"
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (44% in)
  • The recluse did not reply, but began to mumble with a singsong irritated, mocking intonation: "Daughter of Egypt! daughter of Egypt! daughter of Egypt!"
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (44% in)
  • All at once the recluse exclaimed, as though the gypsy's question had taken all this time to reach her brain,—"
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (45% in)
  • "Oh! yes!" returned the recluse, "you must have been born.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (45% in)
  • "Give me back my child!" said the recluse.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (48% in)
  • Quicker than a flash of lightning, the recluse had laid the two shoes together, had read the parchment and had put close to the bars of the window her face beaming with celestial joy as she cried,— "My daughter! my daughter!"
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (51% in)
  • "Oh! the wall!" cried the recluse.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (51% in)
  • The young girl passed her arm through the opening; the recluse threw herself on that hand, pressed her lips to it and there remained, buried in that kiss, giving no other sign of life than a sob which heaved her breast from time to time.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (51% in)
  • "Do you see, my little girl," resumed the recluse, interspersing her words with kisses, "I shall love you dearly?
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (56% in)
  • The recluse remained for several moments motionless and petrified, then she moved her head in sign of doubt, and suddenly giving vent to a burst of laughter, but with that terrible laugh which had come back to her,— "Ho! ho! no!
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (60% in)
  • The recluse sprang to her feet with a shriek of despair.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (61% in)
  • The recluse did not wish to deny all, for fear of awakening suspicion, and replied in a sincere and surly tone,— "If you are speaking of a big young girl who was put into my hands a while ago, I will tell you that she bit me, and that I released her.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (65% in)
  • The recluse breathed freely once more.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (66% in)
  • Tristan east a sidelong glance at the recluse.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (67% in)
  • This unexpected testimony from the archer re-encouraged the recluse, whom this interrogatory was forcing to cross an abyss on the edge of a knife.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (68% in)
  • Tristan, whose face became more sinister with every moment, addressed the recluse,— "What have you to say to that?"
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (71% in)
  • "She swam across," replied the recluse, defending her ground foot by foot.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (71% in)
  • Tristan l'Hermite, in despair at extracting anything from the recluse, turned his back on her, and with unspeakable anxiety she beheld him direct his course slowly towards his horse.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (73% in)
  • The recluse rushed upon her daughter with a roar of agony.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (76% in)
  • In the meantime, the recluse had not uttered another word since Tristan had seen her daughter and all hope was lost.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (78% in)
  • "Look then!" said the recluse, with a sneer.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (80% in)
  • The recluse had gone and seated herself by her daughter, covering her with her body, in front of her, with staring eyes, listening to the poor child, who did not stir, but who kept murmuring in a low voice, these words only, "Phoebus!
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (85% in)
  • All at once, the recluse beheld the stone (for she was standing guard and never took her eyes from it), move, and she heard Tristan's voice encouraging the workers.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (85% in)
  • When the recluse saw this, she rose abruptly on her knees, flung aside her hair from her face, then let her thin flayed hands fall by her side.
    2.11.1 — Vol 2 Bk 11 Chpt 1 — The Little Shoe (89% in)

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