passing bell


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passing bell

n
(Instruments) a bell rung to announce a death or a funeral. Also called: death bell or death knell
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it is a burial, and there is a passing bell!" He pulled off his steel cap as he spoke and crossed himself, with a muttered prayer for the repose of the dead.
The over 80 attendees were invited to sit among the figures as Reverend Ros Roberts conducted a short dedication to the fallen, each marked by a passing bell.
"The video was embedded at the appropriate points of the story," said Weingarten, adding that having access to the video footage while writing the piece helped him count the number of people passing Bell, see once again what they looked like, etc.
The last of the book's generous number of historical illustrations has the timbre of a passing bell: a 'Design for a Motor Garage and Chauffeur's Lodge' from 1913.
A longish note on 'the tailors of the earth' at 1.2.162 concludes with a suggestion that the phrase 'seems to have a more sinister resonance, remembering the so-called "nine tailors" of the passing bell'.
Eighteenth-century commentators could also sometimes engage in inspired speculation, as when the learned Douce, explicating Northumberland's reference to the "sullen" passing bell at Hotspur's death in 2 Henry IV I.i.102, stated that he felt "this bell might have been originally used to drive away demons who were watching to take possession of the soul of the deceased." While his evidence is circumstantial - early woodcuts of death scenes in liturgical books - the function of bells as protection against demons is corroborated by medieval writers such as Durandus.
They sang "Pueeertoh Reeeeko" pushing past me in the crowded hallways in their kneesocks and plaid skirts, "my hearts devooootion," rushing to beat the passing bell, swinging their book bags against my shins, "let it sink into the OCEAN!", giggling and nudging each other as they slid into their seats for English One, demure, well-behaved girls in soft sweaters and loafers, with tiny gold hearts hanging around their necks on chains.
IT opens with a question that, sadly, has echoed down the ages with its potency intact: 'What passing bells for these who die as cattle?'
"What passing bells for those who die as cattle?/Only the monstrous anger of the guns."
Although he was virtually unknown in his lifetime, poems such as Anthem for Doomed Youth ('What passing bells for those who die as cattle?') still resonate and modern scholars regard Owen's work as the most significant poetry to come out of the First World War.
As well as creating Hustle, Tony, who lives in Hertfordshire with his wife, Tracy, co-created Life On Mars and created Holby Blue, Moving Wallpaper and Echo Beach and World War I drama The Passing Bells - then there is the small matter of the 200 or so episodes of EastEnders he has written!
I FOUND the mini-series, The Passing Bells, on BBC1 gripping and an excellent portrayal of what the Great War was like.