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  • But I imagine that she would have walked easily, and with joy, along the narrow, winding cobblestone streets of Chora, where liturgical icons are sold in every tourist shop, and that she would have made frequent trips to the Holy Cave where St. John is thought to have written his book, and where the black-gowned priests are similar in every detail to those she knew in Ethiopia.

    My Personal Greek Myth

  • In the most arresting occurrence in this distinct world of earth, water and light, Ms. Jasjfi wears a sea-green gown and, after a breathtaking passage floating on an air-mattress as if she were an untroubled Ophelia, becomes the spectral center of a hushed rite visited by black-gowned sister dancers and the black-clad men who shadow them.

    Tides of Memory

  • Suddenly her cousin was running as a black-gowned woman emerged.

    The Dressmaker

  • Time has obscured most of the details of the working methods of the 50 or so black-gowned scholars and others who fashioned a new translation of the Bible in the 17th century at the request of King James I of England.

    2006 October 22 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • In the basement, a tuxedoed Elvis mannequin stands next to a black-gowned Priscilla, like a president and First Lady.

    The King's Castle

  • Oxford University mooted the idea of establishing a business school six years ago, prompting 500 black-gowned dons to storm into the 17th-century Sheldonian Theatre in protest.

    Oxford's Business Blues

  • I had hot pink, but that was only because I thought it would be nice to see all those black-gowned professors carrying a small very pink book around at my public defence.

    Now for the important question

  • Gothic building: and a black-gowned pensioner or two crawling over the quiet square, or passing from one dark arch to another.

    The Newcomes

  • Edmund Spenser, that consummate allegorist, after introducing Archimago in Book I of The Faerie Queene as a black-gowned hermit fingering a rosary, then ensured that all of his subsequent actions in the poem would register as those of a duplicitous Catholic in league with evil powers.

    The One and Only

  • “Is it your intention to educate this child in the knowledge and love of the gospel?” asked the black-gowned minister, as they stood before him in the silent little church whither they had brought the infant; he was reading from the form provided for such occasions.

    Jennie Gerhardt


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