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  • It involves a broken pair of glasses and my novice-master.

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  • When I was in monastic life, I found out, only after I had left, that my novice-master, now deceased, was into it.

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  • Philip saw that they were making fun of the old novice-master, who had fallen asleep in his place.

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  • Philip remembered when the school had consisted of five boys and a senile novice-master.

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  • Anyway, what does the novice-master know about farming?

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  • Today Jonathan was pretending to be the novice-master, giving lessons to an imaginary row of pupils.

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  • The sacrist has his lands, I have mine, and there are smaller endowments for the novice-master, the guest-master, the infirmarer and the almoner.

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  • “There are others — the sacrist, the circuitor, the novice-master …”

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  • At present, each of the monastic officials controlled parts of the property, and fulfilled his responsibility with the income from that property: the cellarer, the sacrist, the guest-master, the novice-master and the infirmarer all had “their” farms and churches.

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  • “He would learn everything our novice-master can teach him, and I would give him lessons myself as well.”

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