The room is filled with Arabs who are characterized as space consuming and loud. I enjoyed this book very much. One would not have thought indifference would seem remarkable enough to him to comment on before but in this case it points to his alienation. On Saturday he sees Marie and they go swimming. While Meursault awaits his doom, he returns to prison and is forced to pass the time and think, again, of his life and actions. They feel each other up in the theater and Marie goes back to Meursault's apartment.
Soon after, Meursault's boss offers him a job where he would be transferred to Paris. Later, Meursault agrees to Raymond's request that he testify to her infidelity. This novel is a mixture of Young Adult mystery and thriller. The Stranger is a very short novel, divided into two parts. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. He chats with the caretaker, naps, smokes, and has some coffee. They decide to go see a Fernandel movie together that night.
This book is like Lisa McMann's Dead to You meets Pretty Little Liars. He must be alienated in order to reach the depths we will require of him later. Meursault is a shipping clerk living in a decrepit Algiers apartment he shared with his mother before he sent her to an old people's home he rarely visits. He points out that every sufferer has found the face of God in the prison stones. I have two sisters and I understand Nico.
The caretakers response gives us a glimpse of the normalcy which the courtroom is forgetting as they harangue Meursault. She has a sister a older sister named Sarah who is your typical bratty, vindictive, and hateful sister. Or should we recognize his honesty? He remembers the days when he was happy, noting that his path could have gone either way. I'll admit that while this narrative took some dark turns and ends on a rather eerie resolutions, I still found myself really rooting for the characters here. It is true that he has shown no remorse.
They do not affect him or make any difference, so he thinks little of them. Still, he answer honestly as always without leaving out details that may upset or disturb the jury such as that he and Maman did not expect anything from each other anymore so it was not hard on him when she moved to the home. Time itself loses its meaning to him because the moment to moment function of his life no longer has a place. The lawyer does not get as upset at this comment though than the one where Meursault claims that he can not say that he repressed his natural feelings at Maman's burial because that would not be true. The letter is the first break from his previous. The examination begins right after Meursault's notice that the day has become even hotter, another ominous sign. In Book One we note that Meursault is honest to himself, indifferent, and nonjudgmental.
After tending to his wounds, Raymond returns to the beach with Meursault. He finds it strange to remember a time happier than the cordial moments with the magistrate. Saturday, Meursault goes to the beach and runs into Marie. I have nothing further to say. The caretaker explains Meursault's mother was her only friend. He then has less time to kill.
Finally he is told to leave and she tells him he will be acquitted and they will go swimming and get married. I will forever be impressed with the chapters narrated by Sarah, which, looking back, were brilliantly written. Part I deals with the routine affairs of Mersault, except for two key events. I suspected early on what was going on in this story based on what Sarah was telling in her story. The magistrate gets very frustrated because he does not understand this worldview. The narrative gives a sympathetic eye to both Nico and Sarah's perspectives here, and as the narrative moves forward, you get the idea that each girl is holding something important back, taking their time in telling their stories up until the reveal that allows the reader to see the truth behind the smoke and mirrors of the case.
Marie visits him in prison, still hoping to marry him when he is released. He can no longer go on living the unexamined life. Meetings with the magistrate run smoother after the first meeting. When Raymond, Meursault, and Masson first run into the Arab and his friend at the beach, Masson knocks one guy out while Raymond tries to hit the other, but ultimately Raymond is slashed on the arm and the mouth with a knife before they all scatter. Her family was deeply affected. For a man who lives in the present, he simply has to convince himself that the prison is his present and he can move on. Meursault's happiness and ability to grasp it is an understatement of Camus' larger message.
His desire to shake the guard's hand on leaving strikes the reader as peculiar but to Meursault these are simple human interactions and when someone is kind he appreciates it. The landscape shimmers, repelling any attempt to read emotion or symbolism into it: it is only itself, impervious to humanization. Salamano eventually loses his dog, leaving him lonely and broken-hearted. The Absurd can only be conquered if one is forced to look at their meaningless struggle in life to form meaning. It is absurd to put on trial the lack of meaning in order to give it meaning through book form which has no meaning unless one gives it their own meaning as Camus is doing. She is actually much nicer than before, treating Nico much better than she did before her disappearance.
But in this case, I made an exception. On another level, Raymond and the Arabs are also antagonists, for they draw Mersault into the conflict that leads to his downfall and execution. Her fiancé however is in tears and must struggle to keep up by taking shortcuts. She lived in a nursing home not far from him because he didn't have enough money to pay the rent and buy food for them both, and also because she needed somebody to be with her a great deal of the time. At least until her sister all of a sudden returns into their lives. After the movie they spend the night together. Not surprisingly, the lawyer is unable to come to his next meeting with the magistrate.