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abbess

the female superior of a convent
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I am very ignorant of these matters," said the abbess, at length; "but however distant from the court we may be, however remote from the interests of the world we may be placed, we have very sad examples of what you have related.
But after all," resumed the abbess, "Monsieur Cardinal has perhaps plausible motives for acting thus; and though she has the look of an angel, we must not always judge people by the appearance.
You would, then, be tempted to believe," said the abbess, "that this young person is innocent?
Permit me, madame, to express my surprise," said the abbess.
Then," said the abbess, looking at Milady with increasing interest, "I behold another poor victim?
The abbess looked at her for an instant with uneasiness, as if a fresh thought suggested itself to her mind.
Then, madame," said the abbess, smiling, "be reassured; the house in which you are shall not be a very hard prison, and we will do all in our power to make you cherish your captivity.
She therefore took leave of the abbess, and went to bed, softly rocked by the ideas of vengeance which the name of Kitty had naturally brought to her thoughts.
She opened her eyes, and saw the abbess, accompanied by a young woman with light hair and delicate complexion, who fixed upon her a look full of benevolent curiosity.
Margaret is taking over the role of the Mother Abbess in eight shows a week at The London Palladium from renowned opera singer Lesley Garrett who is on a two-week break acting as a judge on television's Celebrity Fame Academy.
Vijita, Abbess of Sri Gotami Temple, Horana in Sri Lanka, conducted the ordination ceremony of Sayalay Sucinti (Sayalay Thuseinti of Myanmar) as Samaneri in Theravada tradition on June 19, 2006.
Furthermore, Robert's belief in the abbess as the chief executive of Fontevrault was underscored by his insistence that she be a woman brought up outside the cloister, having the worldly knowledge, experience, and education necessary to run the daily operations of a large monastic community.