| Quote #7
On their way out, and much to my surprise, they all shook my hand – as if that night during which we hadn’t exchanged as much as a single word had somehow brought us closer together. (1.1.18)
Meursault does not subscribe to society’s rules about closeness; he does not easily attach or identify with other people.
| Quote #8
It had been a long time since I'd been out in the country, and I could feel how much I'd enjoy going for a walk if it hadn't been for Maman. (1.1.19)
Meursault is so matter-of-fact in his physical desires that he has no room for sadness or sentimentality in his heart.
| Quote #9
[M]y joy when the bus entered the nest of lights that was Algiers and I knew I was going to go to bed and sleep for twelve hours. (1.1.27)
Ever notice that Meursault sleeps a lot? Yes, we did too.