severity, nice-nellyism, Anglican, acolyte, beadle, Baptist, Calvinism, Benedictine, prudishness, strictness, benefice, Christendom, moralism, Amish, Bible thumper.
which certainly was a spirit of restraint has gone and cannot be brought back.
Since the last era of purely religious literature, the era of English Puritanism,
there has been no writer in whose eyes the soul stood so much alone.
What could be more erroneous than the common assumption that Puritanism
is exclusively a Northern, a New England, madness?