that it is isolation, or shutting away the world of pain.
A pleurant symbolizes solitude, spirituality, introspection, and sorrow.
Historically, a person who suffered great loss, or felt the need for spiritual penance would go to a religious institution and request to be a pleurant. If granted, they would spend a year or more under heavy clothes, completely cut off from the world. No one talked to them or interacted with them, they were treated like they were not in the physical world, rather that theywere in the spiritual world. Basic food would be left where they could get it as needed. The pleurant would use theirsolitude to wander the grounds working through their pain, trying to find God and overcome the great emotional
burden they were bearing.
When the pleurant felt that their need was finished, they would simply remove the clothes and return to the regular world.