by Albert Camus
The Stranger Friendship Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Part.Chapter.Paragraph). We used Matthew Ward's translation, published by Vintage International published in 1989.
He [Raymond] told me that I’d have to act as a witness for him. It didn’t matter to me, but I didn’t know what I was supposed to say. According to Raymond, all I had to do was to state that the girl had cheated on him. I agreed to act as a witness for him. (1.4.5)
Meursault doesn’t testify for Raymond because he’s a pal; he does it because it doesn’t matter to him.
I found him very friendly with me and I thought it was a nice moment. (1.4.6)
Meursault enjoys friendship, but not so much that he would ever pursue a friendship with someone else.
From a distance I noticed old Salamano standing on the doorstep. He looked flustered. When we got closer, I saw that he didn’t have his dog. He was looking all over the place, turning around, peering into the darkness of the entryway, muttering incoherently, and then he started searching the street again with his little red eyes. (1.4.7)
Old Salamano reminds us that one can find companionship in anything – even a dog. You just can’t find it in Meursault.