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The Stranger

The Stranger

by Albert Camus

Isolation Quotes

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #1

For now, it’s almost as if Maman weren’t dead. After the funeral, though, the case will be closed, and everything will have a more official feel to it. (1.1.2)

Closure = certainty. Meursault suspends his emotional attachment until something is made "official," or at least certain.

Quote #2

[A] soldier […] smiled at me and asked if I’d been traveling long. I said, "Yes," just so I wouldn’t have to say anything else. (1.1.4)

When The Stranger begins, Meursault has no interest in other people whatsoever. This will gradually change as the novel progresses.

Quote #3

"I suppose you’d like to see your mother."

[…]

"We put the cover on, but I’m supposed to unscrew the casket so you can see her." He was moving toward the casket when I stopped him. He said, "You don’t want to?" I answered, "no." He was quiet, and I was embarrassed because I felt I shouldn’t have said that. (1.1.6-8)

Meursault recognizes that his detachment is unacceptable.

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