bell, book, and candle


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bell, book, and candle

symbols of Catholic excommunication rite. [Christianity: Brewer Note-Book, 85]
References in classic literature ?
Re-enter the FRIARS, with bell, book, and candle, for the
His plays include Old Acquaintance (1940); The Damask Cheek, with Lloyd Morris (1942); The Voice of the Turtle (1943); I Remember Mama, based on sketches by <IR> KATHRYN FORBES </IR> (1944); Bell, Book, and Candle (1950); and I Am a Camera, based on sketches by Christopher Isherwood (1951).
The phrase bell, book, and candle appears in Shakespeare's King John (III, 3): "Bell, book, and candle shall not drive me back,/ When gold and silver becks me to come on.