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The 20th century writer and satirist H.L. Mencken wrote that the Puritans of the 17th century lived oppressed by "the fear that someone, somewhere might be happy." The Allen sisters of Deerfield, Massachusetts, captured this Colonial Revival interpretation of Puritan society when they posed the Reverend Lewis Spooner as a Puritan magistrate. Titled, "The Letter of the Law," the photograph conveys the early 20th century impression of Puritan culture as stern and unforgiving.