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begged the farmer, going towards the chest where his wife had hidden the real sexton, who was sitting inside in a terrible fright.
Whilst the five were trotting thus one behind the other, two labourers came with their hoes from the fields; the parson called out to them and begged that they would set him and the sexton free.
As the nobleman of cultivated taste surrounds himself with whatever conduces to his culture -- genius -- learning -- wit -- books -- paintings -- statuary -- music -- philosophical instruments, and the like; so let the village do -- not stop short at a pedagogue, a parson, a sexton, a parish library, and three selectmen, because our Pilgrim forefathers got through a cold winter once on a bleak rock with these.
I had a sexton, when I was clerk, that should have dug three graves while he is digging one.
She was ready enough to talk, and almost the first words she said informed me that her husband filled the two offices of clerk and sexton.
Directing the sexton to lead the horse, he walked close by the murderer's side, and in this order they reached the village about the middle of the night.
We have often seen each other,' said Little Dorrit, recognising the sexton, or the beadle, or the verger, or whatever he was, 'when I have been at church here.
And so busy had he been all night, piling and piling weights upon weights of earth above John Harmon's grave, that by that time John Harmon lay buried under a whole Alpine range; and still the Sexton Rokesmith accumulated mountains over him, lightening his labour with the dirge, 'Cover him, crush him, keep him down