Baxter-saints

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imchongjun

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Hello, teachers.
I have difficulty in understanding the following sentence:

she...speaks of dear Dick and dear Tom for all the world as if they had
been double Baxter-saints. (The Nebuly Coat)

What does "double Baxter-saints" mean? I found out that there was a person called Richard Baxter, 17th century English Puritan church leader, so does the sentence mean "she speaks of Dick and Tom as if they were saints like Richard Baxter"?
 

oregeezer

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Richard Baxter wrote a book about saints. The speaker is probably indicating that other "she" feels that Dick and Tom are twice as saintly as anyone in the Baxter book.
 

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Thank you very much, oregeezer.
Your comment really helps me.
 
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