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- noun Plural form of
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While we abstinents swam calmly and coolly in the friendly silence of the desert, till pleased to come ashore.
The faithful few from the solitary Convent on the Island of Oxia, and the drab-gowned abstinents of the monastery of Plati, miserables given to the abnormity of mixing prayer and penance with the cultivation of snails for the market in Constantinople, were the last of the Islanders.