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parochial
used in A Prayer for Owen Meany

14 uses
  • She told Katherine Keeling that our English reading lists were "even more parochial" than she had feared.
    p. 539.4
  • I really didn't dislike Buzzy—especially after he spoke up for Owen, when Owen and I got ourselves in hot water with some of Buzzy's Catholic classmates because of a little incident at St. Michael's, the parochial school.
    p. 132.7
  • Caroline O'Day was one of those rare parochial-school girls who managed to wear her St. Michael's uniform—her pleated flannel skirt and matching burgundy knee socks— as if she were a cocktail waitress in lounge of questionable repute.
    p. 243.4
  • In all of Gravesend, the object that most attracted Owen's contempt was the stone statue of Mary Magdalene, the reformed prostitute who guarded the playground of St. Michael's—the parochial school.
    p. 274.6
  • It was a forlornly unattended playground on weekends and school holidays; it was used strictly for recesses during school days, when the parochial students loitered there—they were unmoved to play many games.
    p. 274.8
  • Of course, no Catholic would have fired a ball or a puck or any other missile at her; if the parochial students themselves were tempted, the grim, alert presence of the nuns would have discouraged them.
    p. 275.4
  • It was a very cold evening after Christmas when he pulled the tomato-red pickup into the parking lot behind St. Michael's—the parochial school.
    p. 339.9
  • The predawn light had a flattering effect on the shabby, parochial playground; the early light bathed the ruts in the ruptured macadam and made the surface of the playground appear as smooth as the surface of a lake unruffled by any wind.
    p. 408.4
  • They wanted him to work for the Catholic Church—in some capacity; he could volunteer his time for Catholic Relief Services, he could be a kind of social worker for one of the Catholic charities, or he could even work for the very same parochial school whose statue of Mary Magdalene he had ruined.
    p. 417.1
  • Even some parochial students had spoken up for Owen.
    p. 417.2
  • She brought her daughter to Bishop Strachan for an interview; the mother wanted to interview someone from the English Department—to ascertain, she told the headmistress, if we were guilty of a "parochial" approach to literature.
    p. 538.0
  • She was quite concerned at how many Canadian authors were on our reading lists; because she'd not read them, she suspected them of the gravest parochialism.
    p. 538.6
  • I suppose I behaved as an absolute bumbler; I no doubt gave the woman yet another stunning example of the "parochialism" she was doomed to encounter outside New York.
    p. 539.2
  • Believe me: it was not the reading lists that she found "parochial"—it was me!
    p. 539.4

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