Meursault, an ordinary little clerk living in Algiers, leads a quiet and unemotional life. He commits a senseless murder and is convicted, his lack of emotion toward his mother's death weighing against him. As he contemplates his execution, he considers the value of life and is on the verge of exhibiting feeling.
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... if I always settled my monthly bill at his restaurant when he presented it.
Celeste laughed. "Oh, he paid on the nail, all right. But the bills were just details-
like, between him and me." Then he was asked to say what he thought about the
... was to show that my crime was premeditated. I remember his saying at one
moment, "I can prove this, gentlemen of the Jury, to the hilt. First, you have the
facts of the crime; which are as clear as daylight. And then you have what I may
You will have observed the way in which he answered my questions; he is
intelligent and he knows the value of words. And I repeat that it is quite
impossible to assume that, when he committed the crime, he was unaware what
he was doing.
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