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Author QuotedJulien Hartridge Green
Title QuotedJournals
Date (Year/Month/Day)1959/06/07
Imprint[S.l.] : [s.n.]. 1938-1946
QuotationSaw Shakertown-the big old dormitories stood among the weeds in desolation. Yet there was still something young about the old buildings, as if their pioneer hopefulness were still in them, as if they could not despair though the Shakers (having refused to have children) were all gone. A strangely touching monument to our ingrained puritanism which is not just silly. It is pathetic and beautiful in its wrongness - J. Green is so sensitive to this in his Journal which deals increasingly with Calvinists and Port Royal.
Quotation SourceA Search for Solitude: Pursuing the Monk's True Life. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 3, 1952-1960.; Edited by Lawrence S. Cunningham. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1996, p. 286
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