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Sun Apr 02 16:38:34 2017 1 The Project Gutenberg EBook of Thais, by Anatole France This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.
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Douglas Release Date: March 21, 2006 [EBook #2078] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THAIS *** Produced by Dagny; and John Bickers THAIS by Anatole France Translated By Robert B.
THE EUPHORBIA THAIS PART THE FIRST -- THE LOTUS In those days there were many hermits living in the desert.
On both banks of the Nile numerous huts, built by these solitary dwellers, of branches held together by clay, were scattered at a little distance from each other, so that the inhabitants could live alone, and yet help one another in case of need.
Churches, each surmounted by a cross, stood here and there amongst the huts, and the monks flocked to them at each festival to celebrate the services or to partake of the Communion.
There were also, here and there on the banks of the river, monasteries, where Sun Apr 02 16:38:34 2017 2 the cenobites lived in separate cells, and only met together that they might the better enjoy their solitude. Both hermits and cenobites led abstemious lives, taking no food till after sunset, and eating nothing but bread with a little salt and hyssop.
Some retired into the desert, and led a still more strange life in some cave or tomb. All lived in temperance and chastity; they wore a hair shirt and a hood, slept on the bare ground after long watching, prayed, sang psalms, and, in short, spent their days in works of penitence.
As an atonement for original sin, they refused their body not only all pleasures and sa...

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