Reading 13a (Refectory-Dormitory)
When he who is in charge of the ordo sees that the brothers have finished eating, he shall give the signal to collect the leftovers by striking the table with a knife. Upon hearing (the sound of) the blow, but not before it, everyone shall put the leftovers in front of himself. But the almoner, if he so wishes, shall rise before the convent. And when the signal has been given, the juniors shall collect the leftovers, and after the meal of the servants, (they shall collect) the leftovers of the servants. When indeed they have collected them, the prior of the ordo shall command them to say the Tu Autem 27
When this has been said, the brothers shall rise to go in order from the tables. The lector shall immediately descend from the pulpit, after he has marked the reading, and, carrying the book and bowing to the Majestas he shall come to the middle of the refectory. When the prior of the ordo has struck the bell, all shall begin the thanksgiving. At Gloria Patri and Gratias Agimus , which are said by he who has celebrated the Mass, the brothers shall bow until the psalm. When the psalm has begun, they shall exit in order, the juniors in front, bowing to the Majestas beforehand.
All of those, who are present at the thanksgivings, shall enter the choir, with the exception of the refectorer, if he has been present, or with the exception of the server and the almoner, who shall remain in the refectory, and the lector, after returning the book, shall go back to the refectory. When the convent has entered the choir, one of the juniors shall strike the bell for the alms, and he shall keep striking it till the psalm is finished. These things done, they shall go in order to the lavabo in the same manner as in the morning, unless they ought to sing None immediately. But when all have washed they shall go to the dormitory, [and this is to be done] from the time of Easter till the feast of the Holy Cross, when of course there are two meals. Then those who wish can sleep and (those who wish) can read without a sound from their voice or rustling from the pages (of the book). In this hour they should lie down in their clothes, with only the hood and the shoes removed, if they wish, and they ought to be careful not to extend their feet outside the bed or inappropriately to be seen naked in the bed itself. They shall never go barefoot in the sight of their brothers to the lavatorium or any other place, nor should one speak to another or make signals without need, and then in few words, especially when the convent is there one should not stare at another brother. Nor should anyone spread the bedding or take off his clothes or make any noise or go to the bed of another, but more so than in other places, they should comport themselves quietly, modestly and piously. Concerning their undergarments, they ought to put them and take them off, when they lie down in their bed, if they are somewhere that the others could see them. Whoever rises from bed or goes to bed or opens either the door or a cupboard or enters or exits, he shall do this gently, so that he does not disturb any of the brothers.
When someone changes clothes he shall take care not to be seen naked. They should not stand at the window of the dormitory unless they are sick, and never two at the same time. No one, unless he is sick, shall sleep in the dormitory without the convent lacking permission, from there (i.e. the dormitory) no one shall go out without the knowledge of the prior or without permission. After the convent and after the signal for the alms the servers ought to gather quickly in the refectory and give benediction. After saying grace, they shall go, as quickly as possible, through the lavabo to the dormitory, and they shall not stray elsewhere without permission. The brothers shall likewise comply with the same at every meal with the exception of those who have workplaces.