He was found dead, his body drooping over the bedside […]. Against his name the index card recorded: doubtful case.
"It comes to this," Tarrou said almost casually; "what interests me is learning how to become a saint."
"But you don’t believe in God!"
"Exactly! Can one be a saint without God?—that’s the problem, in fact the only problem, I’m up against today." (4.6.38-40)