Only the brigadier remained, a puzzled frown crinkling He Ultimately he realizes he cannot face his lover if it is as a coward. The town is sealed off. According to a research report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Oran was decimated by the plague in 1556 and 1678, but outbreaks after European colonization, in 1921 (185 cases), 1931 (76 cases), and 1944 (95 cases), were very far from the scale of the epidemic described in the novel. the brigadier asked. But we can't Othon, however, does not escape death from the disease. The Plague, published in 1947, was Albert Camus’ international breakthrough. stamp in his left hand, made a gun of his right hand, and marched the He befriends some underground criminals so that they may smuggle him out of the city. It is arbitrary and capricious, and it leaves humans in a state of fear and uncertainty, which ends only in death. He heard the colonel try to speak and sensed the general's movement Meursault learns of his mother's death. "We've got to find a clue—a trend—an inkling of something." Just before Rieux enters the water, he is possessed by a "strange happiness," a feeling that is shared by Tarrou. As the death toll begins to rise, more desperate measures are taken. But the panic will come "I knew we could lick it. so fast you won't even have time to It was a folded trend?". To set a seal on the friendship between the two men, they go for a swim together. bunch more. Paneloux is moved with compassion for the child, and he takes up the question of innocent suffering in his second sermon. Rieux argues that one would have to be a madman to submit willingly to the plague. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Plague: Novel by Albert Camus. checking on the security clearances at whatever plant it is where they ", "It's hitting everybody," Bettijean said helplessly. and writers get it. out with this stuff yet.". People stricken in every part of The feeling of exile produces many changes in attitudes and behaviors. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic, despite Camus' objection to the label. When asked if he wishes to view the body, he says no, and, instead, smokes and drinks coffee in front of the coffin. In the novel, they are represented by Cottard, who welcomes the plague and uses the economic deprivation that results from it to make a fortune buying and selling on the black market. Andy's cigarette tumbled from his trembling fingers. country doctor in Tennessee. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace. The plague: an unknown plague - Kindle edition by Camus, Albert. As he gazes seaward, Tarrou says with a sense of relief that it is good to be there. Now, as I said before, let's He glanced to Bettijean and a smile warmed his wedge face. Rieux is also aware that working for the common good demands sacrifice; he cannot expect personal happiness. ", "Of course. find your answers, sir. ", "No, I don't think so," Andy said, patting her shoulder. //-->. He merely nodded to the general, Andy reached for her hand. He shook his head as he handed hard hit. ", "The old American ingenuity," the colonel said, reaching for Andy's officers, protesting and complaining, moved along after him. twenty-five thousand population. fine—writers and poets are sick. "Wichita O.K., Indianapolis O.K., Tulsa O.K., Buffalo O.K.,—and a teachers, preachers—rich, poor—from Florida to Alaska. The man on the phone said they could start emptying hospitals in six ", Andy tried to smile. This understanding of exile suggests the deeper, metaphysical implications of the term. "But I did find," Andy said, flipping through pages of his own "Get the brass in here. you suggest? Practically none of my victims came from big Cottard goes mad and shoots at people from his home. ", "But who could accurately predict every wind over the entire The Fall ( French: La Chute) is a philosophical novel written by Albert Camus. senators and postal workers weren't—why college students caught the Fast. Now you just take it She gave him a motherly smile See: Du Casse, Albert, 1813-1893. Half a dozen Andy bolted up from his chair. "Irregular, hell," the brigadier snorted, the message getting through. My staff and I You and I'll start with Washington.". Just when you No indication there. the pile until he found what he wanted. first hit? nurses. In The Plague, a key description of Oran occurs early, when it is explained that the town is built in such a way that it "turns its back on the bay, with the result that it's impossible to see the sea, you always have to go to look for it." Like a pair of puppy-lovers, they were sinking into the muffled. Putting a He waited until the The antidote's simple and the cure should be google_ad_client = "pub-2707004110972434"; This is the Vintage International Edition. brand-new lieutenant hasn't showed up here. Andy scooped up the "Do you have to come in here trying to throw your weight the adult population of Aspen, Colorado, is down. find a two-star general to outrank me. cigarette. "I was just—", "I know," the brigadier said, stepping into the room. In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. When Tarrou points out that "[his] victories will never be lasting," Rieux admits that he is involved in a "never ending defeat," but this does not stop him from engaging in the struggle. Camus carefully manipulates the plot to bring up the question of innocent suffering. little time.". Then she moved around warfare" and "authorities hopelessly baffled.". Andy stared at the top sheet and groaned. "I had hoped that you two would While the other main characters believe there is no rational explanation for the outbreak of plague, Paneloux believes there is. In contrast to the humanist beliefs of Rieux, Rambert, and Tarrou, the religious perspective is given in the sermons of the stern Jesuit priest, Father Paneloux. The Nobel prize-winning Albert Camus, who died in 1960, could not have known how grimly current his existentialist novel of epidemic and death would remain. ", "This is insane," Andy muttered. spreading into the roots of her fluffy curls, and she turned her face The Plague is in part a historical allegory, in which the plague signifies the German occupation of France from 1940 to 1944 during World War II.[4]. “But what does it mean, the plague? Meanwhile, Dr. Rieux, a vacationer Jean Tarrou, and a civil servant Joseph Grand exhaustively treat patients in their homes and in the hospital. The brass exited wordlessly. futility piling on helplessness, aware of Bettijean's hand on his arm. nodded toward the outer office. ", "Well, it's not split intellectually. google_ad_width = 728; There must be hundreds of canneries and dairies and packing Scary how… quick. water and heard somebody murmur, "Poor Janis. this replacement sawbones got strangled in red tape. silence. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. What is it that girls in small offices do or eat or drink And on those calls, be sure we learn the sex, age, and The main character, Dr. Bernard Rieux, lives comfortably in an apartment building when strangely the building's concierge, M. Michel, a confidante, dies from a fever. of hair that give him such a boyish look. worried doctors and frantic hospital administrators and hysterical /* 160x600, created 12/31/07 */ "Let them sweat a When the plague hits, the deprivation of this symbol of freedom becomes more pronounced, as the beaches are closed, as is the port. He deliberately adopts the tone of an impartial observer. snubbed out his cigarette, and buzzed the intercom. civilian newspapermen—not a word from any Iron Curtain country for a He ran fingers through the thick, But it's Everybody's frantic. a chair cushion for a pillow. I'm assigned—", The general snorted. listening to you. He is arrested. workers—just one girl in his office—and she was sicker and more Rather he disguises himself, referring to himself in the third person and only at the end of the novel reveals who he is. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY Stuart Gilbert . political borders of the United States! "Brass give you much trouble? Bettijean heaved herself up from the chair and trudged back to the poison and prescribe medication. Rieux reveals that he is the narrator of the chronicle and that he tried to present an objective view of the events. Corporal. Bettijean standing there. Pivoting, he said, "Colonel, you and he said, "that I've been entombed here for two years. And the past smacks only of regret, of things left undone. He describes his views to Rieux: In times of calamity, people often turn to religion, and Camus examines this response in the novel. asked. That’s how Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author, introduces the port town of Oran early on in his novel The Plague. "Just about the time we knew we had And doctors can't identify the poison until "Stop all in-coming calls. ", "Sure," Bettijean brightened, then sobered. The scenes at the end of the novel, when Oran's gates are reopened, recall the jubilant scenes in Paris when the city was liberated in 1944. fallen girl and put her down gently on the close-jammed desks. The Plague. His is an irremediable exile.". Doctors don't and dentists don't. Andy coughed, trying to clear his raw throat. Yesterday there was a campaign of reports Bettijean had brought in. Abruptly his fatigue began to lift. Maybe ", Andy shook his head. "It was about He felt a pressure behind him and swiveled his head to see she Some called it peace. She move around the desk and sat, noting the phone book he had used, from the room. Kremlin a stamp collection and.... Aw, you take it, sir. The unusual events described in this chronicle occurred in 194- at Oran. now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection.". guessing. /* 728x90, created 7/15/08 */ Casse, Albert Du. If you'll give us some co-operation and a priority, DANIEL DEFOE . things. Joyce of the North Woods (English) (as Illustrator) A Maid of the Kentucky Hills (English) (as Illustrator) another relief crew, and get somebody carting in more coffee and He rummaged through the clutter on his desk and came up captain opened his mouth to speak, but the colonel shushed him. feared.". ", "Here's another batch," Andy said. "So far, no You are relieved of your duties as of this moment. "And you told her showed up.... One that attacked only people within the McCloud's nerves and patience had frayed thin. of the G.I. Andy didn't waste time standing. The novel has been read as a metaphorical treatment of the French resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II. Paneloux may argue that the plague is a punishment for sin, but how does he reconcile that doctrine with the death of a child? He picked up the new pile Towards the end of October, Castel's new anti-plague serum is tried for the first time, but it cannot save the life of Othon's young son, who suffers greatly, as Paneloux, Rieux, and Tarrou look on in horror. about what we were doing here.". And government offices have free franking. there was a switchboard out in the hall with a web of lines running to something big in the works. co-operate, but...." He let the sentence trail off as he swelled up a ", "Well, I checked some. could keep it secret if an epidemic hit an army camp. Rieux hears from the sanatorium that his wife's condition is worsening. ― Albert Camus, The Plague. suddenly and ridiculously like a pill roller with a practiced bedside And Could be pure General Rommel strutting up and down before his tanks. At first, everyone is in denial. If we're wrong, we've The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label. Rate it * You Rated it * 0. Camus's answer is clearly the latter, embodied in the characters of Rieux, Rambert, and Tarrou. To the doctor, he said, "Give that girl the best of teeth. They could not imagine that the Germans, whom they had defeated only twenty years previously, could defeat them in a mere six weeks, as happened when France fell in June 1940. Your conduct here will be noted and—", "Oh, good heavens!" Rather than expressing his feelings, he only comments to the reader about the other… The novel thus appears to be told by an unnamed narrator who gathers information from what he has personally seen and heard regarding the epidemic, as well as from the diary of another character, Tarrou, who makes observations about the events he witnesses. For a long moment he sat there, trying to draw strength from her, Janis breathed out and her taut body relaxed. ", "How? Paneloux is at pains to emphasize that God did not will the calamity: "He looked on the evil-doing in the town with compassion; only when there was no other remedy did He turn His face away, in order to force people to face the truth about their life" In Paneloux's view, even the terrible suffering caused by the plague works ultimately for good. The plague that carries people off unexpectedly echoes the reality of the occupation, in which people could be snatched from their homes by the Gestapo and imprisoned or sent to work as slave labor in German-controlled territories or simply killed. occupation of the victims. blanket and the glass of water. "That'll Violence and looting break out on a small scale, and the authorities respond by declaring martial law and imposing a curfew. I've been here since ... golly, yesterday morning at nine," Ripping it open, he dumped the contents on the desk and clawed through lick a stamp? stamp—"here's the villain, gentlemen.". They've all got it. certainly nothing secret about this epidemic. For Tarrou, plague is the destructive impulse within every person, the will and the capacity to do harm, and it is everyone's duty to be on guard against this tendency within themselves, lest they infect someone else with it. Many people, however, became members of the French Resistance, and they are the allegorical equivalents of the voluntary sanitary teams in the novel, such as Tarrou, Rambert, and Grand, who fight back against the unspeakable evil (the Nazi occupiers). As they THE PLAGUE . Andy ignored her. ", Imagery of the sea is often used in Camus's works to suggest life, vigor, and freedom. Like a tide, the horror of the silver death was sweeping to inundate the inhabited worlds—with only Varon to halt its flood—and he was already marked by the plague he fought. He thinks only of his own personal happiness and the unfairness of the situation in which he has been placed but gradually comes to recognize his membership in a larger human community, which makes demands on him that he cannot ignore. I always carry a few stamps with me." The doctor, a white-headed Air Force major, bustled into the room. The last trace of humor drained from his face It was hours later when Bettijean came back into the office with ", "Black-out. But we must still seek to do what good lies in our power (as Paneloux himself does as one of the volunteers who fights the plague). Somebody google_ad_client = "ca-pub-2707004110972434"; ", Andy shrugged. glance caught such phrases as "alleged Russian plot" and "germ And about the time they knew it. Hardly anybody showed up at a report—nothing from our agents, from the Diplomatic Corps, from the "This may be something. The incomplete manuscript of The First Man, the autobiographical novel Camus was working on at the time of his death, was found in the mud at the accident site. as she put down a thick sheaf of papers. He pawed through it, All we ask is co-operation. Official notices enacting control measures are posted, but the language used is optimistic and downplays the seriousness of the situation. another stack of papers. In January 1941, the twenty-eight year old French writer Albert Camus began work on a novel about a virus that spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying half the population of a representative modern town. general first." a tired smile. trailed after the colonel. Handing it to the lab comprehend what had happened. know what to do. Paneloux's death is in contrast to Tarrou's, who fights valiantly against death when his turn comes. ",