Friday’s Piece

“….a Puritan tendency is by no means an essential part of a religious disposition. The Puritan’s character is joyless and morose; he is most happy, or, to speak less paradoxically, most at peace with himself when sad. It is a mental condition correlated with the well-known Puritan features, black straight hair, hollowed cheeks, and sallow complexion.”

(From Hereditary Genius published in 1869 by by Sir Francis Galton, 1822 – 1911)

John Lentell

28th November, 1969

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