Updike was a churchgoer all his life. He studied some divinity at Harvard and read Karl Barth. He said the Lord's Prayer with his children at bedtime. However, his Christianity did not seem to comfort him or rein in his adulterous behaviour.
There are many others, including founder of the boy scouts Baden-Powell, Field Marshall Montgomery, and authors J M Barrie and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), who were also believed to have had had an unhealthy interest in children.
The town had been a theatre hotspot seven decades before, with the grand Savoy and Embassy theatres as well as the Arcadia at Blackheath, while the Hydro Majestic Hotel at Medlow Bath was a companion attractor to the upper Blue Mountains.
There is an almost slang-like stylised conformity of lazy delivery, skirting over many vowels and consonants, often with a nasal intonation, which creates in the listener's mind a picture of a singer rolling in unreality.