"Ruby had heard stories… ...and had come to understand that it was a godless land, or rather a land of only one god, and that was money.
The report was that under the rule of such a grabby creed people grew mean and bitter and deranged until, for lack of higher forms of spirit comfort, entire families became morphine-crazed.
They had, as well, invented a holiday called Thanksgiving, which Ruby had only recently got news of, but from what she gathered it's features to be, she found it to contain the mark of a tainted culture. To be thankful on just the one day."
Charles Frazier, Cold Mountain