…sells me an oaken chest which he swears was made in the XIII century, though as a matter of fact he made it himself only yesterday, at least does not pretend that there are any modern ideas in it, whereas your academic copier of fossils offers them to you as the latest outpouring of the human spirit, and, worst of all, kidnaps young people as pupils and persuades them that his limitations are rules, his observances dexterities, his timidities good taste, and his emptinesses purities.
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As her release date neared, Vanessa got increasingly anxious, with a decided uptick in religious observance.
Piper Kerman -- Orange Is the New Black
"Religious observances shouldn’t be denied to anyone."