You know those people who only go to church because it fits into their social life?
No, me neither. It would be wrong for me to place intentions on those coming into the presence of God for much needed forgiveness. Certainly they could do the same to me.
But Edith Wharton found characters like that within her imagination – Mr. and Mrs. Weatherall.
The Wetheralls always went to church. They belonged to the vast group of human automata who go through life without neglecting to perform a single one of the gestures executed by the surrounding puppets. It is true that the Bellomont puppets did not go to church; but others equally important did – and Mr. and Mrs. Wetherall’s circle was so large that God was included in their visiting-list.
This quote makes me equal parts sad and giggly.