The priests threw off their 'soutanes' to become police and firemen, moving men and grave diggers.
What the bourgeoisie therefore produces, above all, are its own grave diggers.
We then marched back to the garrison, while the grave diggers filled in the earth on top of the coffin.
The two grave diggers flung in several spadefuls of earth, and then stopped and asked Rastignac for their fee.
They flashed on the grave diggers now, held steady for a moment and swung in search of guns.
No branch of the service was absent, no serviceable part if it overlooked—not even a complement of grave diggers.
The grave diggers were in a hurry and wanted to get things over quickly.
Those that survived the salvo were requisitioned as grave diggers.