| Quote #22
Cottard, Tarrou, the men and the women Rieux had loved and lost—all alike, dead or guilty, were forgotten. Yes, the old fellow had been right; these people were "just the same as ever." But this was at once their strength and their innocence, and it was on this level, beyond all grief, that Rieux could feel himself at one with them. (5.5.41)
The tragedy of loving is that death is inevitable; therefore loss and exile from loved ones is also unavoidable.