Ow do the respective protagonists in New English Canaan, The Speech of Polly Baker, and Rip Van Winkle measure up as nonconformists.

Emerson states that  Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. Society is a joint-stock company in which the members agree for the better securing of his bread to each shareholder, to surrender the liberty and culture of the eater. The virtue in most request is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion (Emerson-Self Reliance).