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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #16

Moreover, the epidemic seemed to be on the wane; on some days only ten or so deaths were notified. Then, all of a sudden, the figure shot up again, vertically. On the day when the death-roll touched thirty, Dr. Rieux read an official telegram that the Prefect had just handed him, remarking: "So they’ve got alarmed at last." The telegram ran: Proclaim a state of plague stop close the town. (1.8.99)

Again we see this common theme of brief recession followed by resurgence. The plague – and the death it causes – follow no reasonable or logical path.

Quote #17

From now on, it can be said that plague was the concern of all of us. (2.1.1)

This drives home the point that every man is made equal by death.

Quote #18

But the gaunt, idle cranes on the wharves, rip—carts lying on their sides, neglected heaps of sacks and barrels—all testified that commerce, too, had died of plague. (2.2.1)

Death comes in many forms and affects both people and their constructs.

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