All round the walls of the cavern there were beds cut out of the solid rock, upon which the nuns
slept, and in the middle a light was burning.
After several minutes had elapsed, she heard footsteps, the door was half opened and a nun
Besides the prioress and the nun
there was only one other woman in the company.
The preparations without doors had not been neglected either; a nun
of great personal attractions was telling her beads on the little portico over the door; and a brigand with the blackest possible head of hair, and the clearest possible complexion, was at that moment going round the town in a cart, consulting the miniature of a lady.
And nuns came, also; and more again, and yet more; and built over against the mon- astery on the yon side of the vale, and added building to building, until mighty was that nunnery.
The prayers that did begin then, and the lamentations in sackcloth and ashes, and the holy processions, none of these have ceased nor night nor day; and so the monks and the nuns and the foundlings be all exhausted, and do hang up prayers writ upon parchment, sith that no strength is left in man to lift up voice.
I'll really call in on the nuns
," he said to the officers who watched him smilingly, and he rode off by the winding path down the hill.
In plain words,' he said, 'the priest of the Catholic chapel close by has converted her; and she is now a novice in a convent of Carmelite nuns
in the West of England.
Great had been the rejoicing amid the Romsey nuns
when the Lady Maude Loring had craved admission into their order--for was she not sole child and heiress of the old knight, with farms and fiefs which she could bring to the great nunnery?
The Lion of the North was no doubt an estimable person and acted wholly up to his convictions, but he must have sadly upset the peaceful nuns, who were not without convictions of their own, sending them out on to the wide, empty plain to piteously seek some life to replace the life of silence here.
Would the nuns who had lived in them know their little white-washed cells again, all gay with delicate flower papers and clean white paint?
A monotonous, silent city, deriving an earthy flavour throughout from its Cathedral crypt, and so abounding in vestiges of monastic graves, that the Cloisterham children grow small salad in the dust of abbots and abbesses, and make dirt-pies of nuns
and friars; while every ploughman in its outlying fields renders to once puissant Lord Treasurers, Archbishops, Bishops, and such-like, the attention which the Ogre in the story-book desired to render to his unbidden visitor, and grinds their bones to make his bread.