The Complete Stories of Flannery O'Connor - "A Temple of the Holy Ghost" Summary & Analysis

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"A Temple of the Holy Ghost" Summary

Two fourteen-year-old girls, students at the local Catholic convent, come to visit their two mothers' friend and her twelve-year-old daughter, who thinks the two teenaged girls are moronic after observing them a while. The two girls call themselves Temple One and Temple Two because a sister at the convent has told them to consider their bodies as a holy temple if, God forbid, some boy behaves in an unacceptable manner. The twelve-year-old is wise beyond her years and watches the girls as they don high heels and make-up, preparing for blind dates with local boys their hostess has coerced into visiting.

The two visiting boys bring their musical instruments and serenade the two girls with hymns. The girls try not to laugh aloud, as they counter with a complicated anthem in Latin. The boys are...

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