George V. Higgins contributes to the series on the New England state of mind, identifying "a New England code of acceptable behavior" whose hallmarks are discretion "and a sense of decency, still powerful enough to prompt even those flouting it, and getting caught, to feel a sense of guilt."
Higgins, George V.
"Professor Richardson et al.: A New England Education,"
New England Journal of Public Policy: Vol. 1
, Article 5.
Available at: http://scholarworks.umb.edu/nejpp/vol1/iss2/5