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Good and bad, old or new

July 11, 2015
Mr. Hale.

Mr. Hale.

New Englanders are inclined to differentiate between good and bad by determining whether it’s old or new. Frugality, reluctance to change, reliance on the “tried and true”, abhorrence of things showy or gaudy, pride in the past, a strong need for tradition and continuity – all these natural inclinations in our personalities result, not surprisingly, in our wearing slightly threadbare old clothes, joining old, comfortable not-posh social clubs, owning old boats, attending old schools and colleges, living in old houses, marrying into old families, and so forth.

Judson Hale, Inside New England (New York: Harper & Row, 1982), 141.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. j. lee permalink
    July 13, 2015 6:02 pm

    alas, a prescription for a nation gone astray,,,

  2. David Giannini permalink
    November 30, 2015 3:00 pm

    Needed now more than ever before.

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