A Liberal of the forties and fifties, a freethinker and atheist, he may have been led on by boredom or the hope of frivolous diversion.
Six months before his death, when he was seventeen, he made friends with a political exile who had been banished from Moscow to our town for freethinking, and led a solitary existence there.
Of those visitors, many had been men of high rank and learning, some even freethinkers, attracted by curiosity, but all without exception had shown the profoundest reverence and delicacy, for here there was no question of money, but only, on the one side love and kindness, and on the other penitence and eager desire to decide some spiritual problem or crisis.
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Be careful with your assumptions while you talk with her. She is a freethinker.
Our anniversary issue commemorated the extraordinary lives of fearless leaders, freethinkers, innovators and charismatic cultural icons of the past 60 years.
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1563539,00.html -- Time, 2006