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And instead of practicing monastic discipline, as in Catholic cultures, Calvinists carried ascetic habits into middle-class roles, living abstemiously and cultivating the Protestant work ethic.
She could never understand why an overwhelming bliss - what one of her poems calls "A perfect - paralyzing Bliss" - had to be abstemiously portioned out:
He abstemiously confines his work to portraits of clothed and naked people, mostly family and friends who pose in his London studio.
In this way we can account for six of the seven of Curnow's most generous selections, together with Robin Hyde, whose work Curnow chose somewhat abstemiously.