| Quote #13
For most of them it would mean going to the hospital, and he knew how poor people feel about hospitals. "I don’t want them trying their experiments on him," had said the wife of one of his patients. But he wouldn’t be experimented on, he would die, and that was all." (1.8.75)
People irrationally fear the hospital, rather than the issue at hand: death.
| Quote #14
There was a serene blue sky flooded with golden light each morning, with sometimes a drone of planes in the rising heat—all seemed well with the world. And yet within four days the fever had made four startling strides: sixteen deaths, twenty-four, twenty-eight, and thirty-two. (1.8.88)
What’s going on with this weather business? At times it seems to reflect the suffering of the town, and at times fly in its face. It’s almost as though this is a completely irrational world…
| Quote #15
The local population, who so far had made a point of masking their anxiety by facetious comments, now seemed tongue-tied and went their ways with gloomy faces. (1.8.88)
As conditions worsen, the citizens of Oran are less and less able to hide their suffering.