Patrick Leigh Fermor, A Time to Keep Silence
(1953; New York: New York Review Books, 2007), p. 43:
If my first days in the Abbey had been a period of depression, the unwinding
process, after I had left, was ten times worse. The Abbey was at first a
graveyard; the outer world seemed afterwards, by contrast, an inferno of noise
and vulgarity entirely populated by bounders and sluts and crooks. This state of
mind, I saw, was, perhaps, as false as my first reactions to monastic life; but the
admission did nothing to decrease its unpleasantness.