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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I wished he had stayed longer and I could have explained that I desired his
sympathy, not for him to make a better job of my defense, but, if I might put it so,
spontaneously. I could see that I got on his nerves; he couldn't make me out, and,
Nor did they pay any more attention to Salamano, when he told them how kind I'd
always been to his dog, or when, in answer to a question about my mother and
myself, he said that Mother and I had very little in common and that explained ...
I explained that it wasn't despair I felt, but fear— which was natural enough. "In
that case," he said firmly, "God can help you. All the men I've seen in your
position turned to Him in their time of trouble." Obviously, I replied, they were at
liberty to ...
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