prie-dieu


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prie-dieu

A small desk before which a person may kneel when praying.
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Tree had Ophelia, who was played by Maud Tree, 'sit down with a book in her hand before the prie-dieu'.
After berating Gertrude, Tree's Hamlet led his mother, played by Rose Leclercq, 'sternly to the prie-dieu, at which she kneels sobbing'.
He had a prie-dieu up front alone, all his relatives were behind him, and in the balcony were all the servants.
One of these rooms was a chapel with an altar and an altar-frontal all worked with gold and silk with Our Lady and the Christ Child in her arms and with a presepio over the altar with two angels and four candlesticks, all of pure gold, and to one side a prie-Dieu for kneeling during the mass - all of silver-gilt with golden knobs above and lions' feet below.
Whether kneeling in one of the prie-dieus or sitting in the pews, one becomes aware by the smallest signs--a scraping foot off to the side, a muffled cough to the rear--of being part of an ad hoc community, joined in purpose.
'Confection' is the motjuste given that these caskets, portrait reliefs, picture frames, cabinets, tables, reliquaries, holy water stoups and prie-dieus often incorporate garlands of flowers, fruit, vegetables, coral, and shells, all imitated in matt or burnished gilt bronze, hardstones and jewels, forming a Marvellian richness of ornament.