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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When I suggested that Mother's death had no connection with the charge against
me, he merely replied that this remark showed I'd never had any dealings with
the law. Soon after this he left, looking quite vexed. I wished he had stayed longer
He began by summing up the facts, from my mother's death onward. He stressed
my heartless- ness, my inability to state Mother's age, my visit to the swimming
pool where I met Marie, our matinee at the pictures where a Fernandel film was ...
It wasn't because I'd been condemned to death, he said, that he spoke to me in
this way. In his opinion every man on the earth was under sentence of death.
There, I interrupted him; that wasn't the same thing, I pointed out, and, what's
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