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Quote #28

As she quaintly put it, he looked as if he had been severely thrashed all night long, and more dead than alive. (4.4.29)

We see here the same Christ-imagery that we did at the death of Jacques Othon.

Quote #29

Paneloux showed a little more animation and a sort of warmth came back to his eyes when he looked up at the doctor. Then, speaking with such difficulty that it was impossible to tell if there was sadness in his voice, he said: "Thanks. But priests can have no friends. They have given their all to God." (4.4.34)

This doesn’t seem particularly consistent with Paneloux’s earlier actions and words. From what we’ve seen in the novel thus far, the priest has been more than willing to make friends with Rieux. Does this sudden change of heart reflect enlightenment, or simply fear of death and judgment?

Quote #30

He asked for the crucifix that hung above the head of the bed; when given it, he turned away to gaze at it.

At the hospital Paneloux did not utter a word. He submitted passively to the treatment given him, but never let go of the crucifix. (4.4.35-6)

It is difficult to say whether Paneloux truly believes in his faith or is simply scared of death.

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