Barrett meets a nun

I don’t remember my first encounter with a Catholic nun; I doubt it was anything like Will Barrett’s encounter with Sister Val (Vaught).

She didn’t laugh but went on gazing past him at the golfers. Her musing absent-mindedness, he reckoned, was one of the little eccentricites nuns permitted themselves. He had never spoken to a nun. But perhaps she was not a proper nun after all, wearing as she did not a proper habit but a black skirt and blouse and a little cap-and-veil business. But beyond a doubt she was a Vaught, though a somewhat plumpish bad-complexioned potato-fed Vaught. Her wrist was broad and white as milk and simple: it was easy for him to imagine that if it was cut through it would show not tendon and bone but a homogenous nun-substance.

from Chapter 4, Part 5 of Walker Percy’s The Last Gentleman 
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