occupy may dictate, and allotted by disposition of the Prior with the agreement of the other brothers,
or the mature among them."
Second, and more importantly, a “separate” cell means that one is free from outside influences. This does not mean just having its own door, or only one bed to each cell, but that what I am doing in my cell should neither interfere with, nor influence any other brother’s cell. A “separate” cell includes the separation of sounds, that our cells have sufficient room between them, or that the walls at least are built to provide privacy. One brother not only should be able to pray vocally and aloud (i.e. actively), without worry over disturbing his neighbor, but should always have the cell as a place of silence. The cell must always be that one place to which we may go in order to find the silence and preserve the undying unity and intimacy with our Beloved.
It is understandable that there are limits to what can be done to insulate rooms in a house, and to what is possible in a given house; this is given and understood in the Rule, that the cells be situated as the “lie of the land” dictates. For some houses it is essentially impossible to grant each brother a cell that is fully separate from the others. When this is the case, it remains that our attention should remain on putting forth every effort to create a “separation” between the cells and that this “separation” includes much more than merely granting individual rooms.