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brethren
used in Tess of the d'Urbervilles

7 uses
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Definition
brothers or members of the same group — especially members of a religious order
  • These three brethren told casual acquaintance that they were spending their Whitsun holidays in a walking tour through the Vale of Blackmoor, their course being south-westerly from the town of Shaston on the north-east.
    1 — The Maiden (14% in)
  • Tess had not at this hour the curiosity to ask why the present Mr Clare was not made a parson like his brethren, and gradually fell asleep again, the words of her informant coming to her along with the smell of the cheeses in the adjoining cheeseloft, and the measured dripping of the whey from the wrings downstairs.
    3 — The Rally (25% in)
  • Indeed, despite his own heterodoxy, Angel often felt that he was nearer to his father on the human side than was either of his brethren.
    4 — The Consequence (21% in)
  • But I started from home to go to Casterbridge Fair, where I have undertaken to preach the Word from a waggon at half-past two this afternoon, and where all the brethren are expecting me this minute.
    6 — The Convert (28% in)
  • The deuce only knows what I am thought of by the brethren.
    6 — The Convert (40% in)
  • The brethren!
    6 — The Convert (40% in)
  • Just at the corner of the street he met the man with the paint-pot, who asked him if he had deserted the brethren.
    6 — The Convert (85% in)

There are no more uses of "brethren" in Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

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