The most serious charge which can be brought against New England is not Puritanism but February.
Puritanism. The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.
My brothers and sister and I were brought up in an atmosphere which I would describe as 'Puritan decadence'. Puritanism names the behaviour which is condemned; Puritan decadence regards the name itself as indecent, and pretends that the object behind that name does not exist until it is named.
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