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The Stranger

The Stranger


by Albert Camus

The Stranger Isolation 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.

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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