In J. D. Salinger’s novel The Catcher in the Rye, Holden has several encounters which make him question religion and its importance and effect on people’s lives.
One such encounter is the one with the two nuns, who are moving in from Chicago to become teachers. As he discusses with them and learns about their motivation, Holden becomes fascinated with their modesty and claims that he enjoys their presence:
I said I'd enjoyed talking to them a lot, too. I meant it, too. I'd have enjoyed it even more though, I think, if I hadn't been sort of afraid, the whole time I was talking to them, that they'd all of a sudden try to find out if I was a Catholic. Catholics are always trying to find out if you're a Catholic. (p. 121)
Despite liking them, Holden tends to genera...