Separated since infancy from his parents, whom he had hardly known; cloistered
and immured, as it were, in his books; eager above all things to study and to learn; exclusively attentive up to that time, to his intelligence which broadened in science, to his imagination, which expanded in letters,--the poor scholar had not yet had time to feel the place of his heart.
Lovely Nausicaa stood by one of the bearing-posts supporting the roof of the cloister, and admired him as she saw him pass.
A servant led in the favourite bard Demodocus, and set him in the midst of the company, near one of the bearing-posts supporting the cloister, that he might lean against it.
I am giving these instructions to the young men who will form the crew, for as regards you aldermen and town councillors, you will join me in entertaining our guest in the cloisters. I can take no excuses, and we will have Demodocus to sing to us; for there is no bard like him whatever he may choose to sing about."
'And could they, remembering how her young heart had sickened at the thought of cloistered
walls, look upon her grave, in garbs which would chill the very ashes within it?
"Upon my word," he said, as they entered the cool cloisters, "I think the cottagers have the best of it: these cloisters make a delightful dining-room on a hot day.
They went up the stone staircase leading simply to the long gallery above the cloisters, a gallery where all the dusty worthless old pictures had been banished for the last three generations--mouldy portraits of Queen Elizabeth and her ladies, General Monk with his eye knocked out, Daniel very much in the dark among the lions, and Julius Caesar on horseback, with a high nose and laurel crown, holding his Commentaries in his hand.
There was the wide-spread building which he knew so well, the Abbot's house, the long church, the cloisters
with their line of arches, all bathed and mellowed in the evening sun.
Repetitive, regular sounds and movements suggest the idea of a circular space and time, as within a cloister
, where the only possibility is to move unceasingly in a circle and to let the mind go.
But the beguines' most important period was the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when they first flourished in a growing urban economy, at a time of strong lay interest in religious issues, and then were increasingly mistrusted during a period of economic shrinkage, when the hierarchy felt anxiety about self-proclaimed chastity outside the cloister
and about women's--especially lay women's--intellectual ambitions.
Too undisciplined as performers to rate with testy New York audiences, the Cockettes were rescued from becoming just another insular cloister
of dizzy drag queens by the presence of three up-for-anything women members, a stunningly relaxed straight guy named Marshall, and enough hallucinogens to help anyone of any inclination cross the lines.
This year, the setting for spirited panel discussions and unique networking opportunities was The Cloister
at Sea Island, Ga., May 20-22.
There will also be the opportunity for visitors to attend the Local Producers' Market in the Cathedral Cloister
Stalls will be laid out around the atmospheric Cloister
walkways in a celebration of locally-produced food, complementing the annual Craft & Gift Fair, run by Durham Markets, which features over 150 traders on Palace Green.