It is narrow asceticism; I don’t like to see you persisting in it, Maggie.
He had been better pleased with Maggie since she had been less odd and ascetic; he was even getting rather proud of her; several persons had remarked in his hearing that his sister was a very fine girl.
The mother was getting fond of her tall, brown girl,—the only bit of furniture now on which she could bestow her anxiety and pride; and Maggie, in spite of her own ascetic wish to have no personal adornment, was obliged to give way to her mother about her hair, and submit to have the abundant black locks plaited into a coronet on the summit of her head, after the pitiable fashion of those antiquated times.
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The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
Most religions have or have had traces of asceticism in order to achieve a spiritual goal.