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n. (plural of quill English)


Quills is a 2000 American- British- German period film directed by Philip Kaufman and adapted from the Obie award-winning play by Doug Wright, who also wrote the original screenplay. Inspired by the life and work of the Marquis de Sade, Quills re-imagines the last years of the Marquis' incarceration in the insane asylum at Charenton. It stars Geoffrey Rush as de Sade, Joaquin Phoenix as the Abbé du Coulmier, Michael Caine as Dr. Royer-Collard, and Kate Winslet as laundress Madeleine "Maddie" LeClerc.

Well received by critics, Quills garnered numerous accolades for Rush, including nominations for an Oscar, BAFTA and a Golden Globe. The film was a modest art house success, averaging $27,709 per screen its debut weekend, and eventually grossing $17,989,277 internationally. Cited by historians as factually inaccurate, Quills filmmakers and writers said they were not making a biography of de Sade, but exploring issues such as censorship, pornography, sex, art, mental illness, and religion. It was released with an R rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and an 18 rating from the British Board of Film Classification due to "strong horror, violence, sex, sexual violence, and nudity".

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He had emptied his hiding place under the loose floorboard of all food, double-checked every nook and cranny of his bedroom for forgotten spell books or quills, and taken down the chart on the wall counting down the days to September the first, on which he liked to cross off the days remaining until his return to Hogwarts.

Fred and George were sitting in a far corner, quills out, talking in whispers, their heads bent over a piece of parchment.

Apart from The Standard Book of Spells, Grade 4, by Miranda Goshawk, he had a handful of new quills, a dozen rolls of parchment, and refills for his potion-making kit - he had been running low on spine of lionfish and essence of belladonna.

Harry saw Fred and George sitting together against the opposite wall, heads together, quills out, poring over a single piece of parchment.

The books and quills kept losing heart halfway across the room and dropping like stones to the floor.

And so the first day of the new term arrived, and Harry set off to lessons, weighed down with books, parchment, and quills as usual, but also with the lurking worry of the egg heavy in his stomach, as though he were carrying that around with him too.

Sneako-scopes, some parchment and quills, and what looked like a silvery Invisibility Cloak.

The secretary sat at the end of the table, along with a pile of paper, new quills, and a ready supply of ink.

It was only a wide tan straw with three exquisite peacock quills at one side.

I had them take off the quills, and put on some of those Phoebe Simms gave me from her peacocks.

You should have something infinitely better than that to be worthy of quills that are made by the Creator.

A ruff of vulture feathers warmed the broken flesh, their quills rising upright from a collar of rolled bronze.

She found a small, cylindrical container used to hold quills on the desk.

She was about to withdraw when she noticed the faintly astringent scent in the air and then saw a clutter of objects on the desk: ink bottles and goose quills, along with a booka parchmentbound in leather.

The clerks squeaked across the floorboards or bent over their desks, quills waggling briskly.