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Quote #1

Then he offered to bring me a cup of coffee with milk. I like milk in my coffee, so I said yes, and he came back a few minutes later with a tray. I drank the coffee. Then I felt like having a smoke. But I hesitated, because I didn’t know if I could do it with Maman right there. I thought about it; it didn’t matter. I offered the caretaker a cigarette and we smoked. (1.1.13)

Meursault does express some hesitation here – he is uncertain of whether or not he should smoke with his dead mother lying there. But this hesitation is the closest he comes to feeling any sort of sadness.

Quote #2

Soon one of the women started crying. […] I thought she’d never stop. […] The woman kept on crying. […] I wished I didn’t have to listen to her anymore. But I didn’t dare say anything. (1.1.16)

Meursault is so unattached and without pain over his mother’s death that others’ expressions of sadness annoy him more than they affect him.

Quote #3

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.

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