At the last moment he assumed the hood of the strictest order of hermits, and died as the monk Jonah.
The ideal of the Sabbath which all these rules aimed at realizing was absolute rest from everything that could be called work; and even the exercise of those offices of humanity which the strictest Christian Sabbatarians regard as a service to God, and therefore as specially appropriate to His day, was looked on as work.
Indeed, one of the oldest leaders of the school, Diodorus of Tarsus, was himself among the strictest ascetics.
Here, then, is a nobility in the strictest sense.
In the 18th century the nobility of France and the nobility of Poland alike answered to the very strictest definition of nobility; but the political positions of the two were as broadly contrasted as the positions of any two classes of men could be.