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Nausea Chapter 9

By Jean-Paul Sartre

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Chapter 9


  • Antoine has given up reading his novel and has started working again, although he's pretty half-hearted about it. He sees that the Self-Taught Man has just gotten another book from the shelves, this one by a guy named Lavergne. He doesn't know why, but the STM's reading choices have begun to bother him.
  • Then all of a sudden, he figures out the STM's secret. The dude is reading through the entire library alphabetically! How weird is that? And the guy has already made it to "L."
  • When he realizes this, Antoine feels a rush of admiration for the STM. He wonders what the guy will do, though, if he actually gets through the library. What will he do then?

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