Not too surprised that she notices some of the sexual lingo that I cited. When you say"Puritan," the notion of repression comes automatically to mind.
But there's pretty good evidence that their reputation as fiercely antisexual killjoys is quite mistaken -- a point first made, so far as I know, by Edmund Morgan in his article"The Puritans and Sex" (1942) and shored by more recent work.
They wanted it kept in its"proper" (marital) place -- no big surprise there, of course. But in sermons and treatises, they were perfectly willing to compare spiritual bliss to its carnal analog.
(Crossposted to Quick Study)
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