"Mother is thinking of morality whether it be sin or not has not occurred to her."

Despite the South’s reputation as the Bible Belt, Christian notions of sin were often sublimated to constructs of morality based on extrinsic factors such as reputation and social position. As a result, behavioural norms were predicated on honour and shame rather than virtue and guilt. This stemmed from Germanic ideals which held greater sway in the South; in the North, the influence of Puritanism meant that the reverse was the case.