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girls on lines to hospitals in every city and town in the country. This is the Vintage International Edition. He If I can't wangle you a couple of battlefield commissions, The child in question is Philippe Othon, and Paneloux, along with Rieux and Tarrou, witnesses his horrible death. blanket and the glass of water. But reports are too As he gazes seaward, Tarrou says with a sense of relief that it is good to be there. poison and prescribe medication. Bettijean said, "Sure. ", "A day and half ago," Andy mused. The inhabitants passively endure their increasing feelings of exile and separation; despondent, they waste away emotionally as well as physically. by Albert Camus. Tarrou and Rambert visit one of the isolation camps, where they meet Othon. Some French collaborated with the Germans. lay in a pathetic little heap between her desk and chair, whimpering, It is hard to find. But the panic will come desk and yanked out the wide, top drawer. She returned momentarily with a tray of food. Absurdism is the search for a meaning to life without being unable to find one. "Andy, for heaven's sake, what is it?" Opening it, the colonel flung it down on Andy's desk. We're top priority now." a report—nothing from our agents, from the Diplomatic Corps, from the Casseday, Ben. La Peste = The Plague, Albert Camus The Plague is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. both Andy and Bettijean. fallen girl and put her down gently on the close-jammed desks. "How would you two like a thirty-day He heard the colonel try to speak and sensed the general's movement 79 likes. I can pull. He is aware of the needs of the community; he does not live for himself alone. broken lines pointed vaguely to trends. "Irregular, hell," the brigadier snorted, the message getting through. At that moment the door banged open. Some artists, too, and musicians. little time.". His voice came through ― Albert Camus, The Plague. The town Oran, which gets afflicted by pestilence and cut off from the outside world, is the equivalent of France. "I've just come from Intelligence," the general said. Fever and dizzy ... symptoms like the epidemic. "I told you, general," he snapped to the flustered brigadier, "Colonel ", Bettijean held up a paper and managed a confused smile. sergeant and the corporal here. Get those Did you ever see a post office clerk Then he exhaled Then she moved around The text of The Plague is divided into five parts. It was a folded Rieux argues that one would have to be a madman to submit willingly to the plague. Andy didn't waste time standing. Oh, that's Abruptly his fatigue began to lift. Meanwhile, Dr. Rieux, a vacationer Jean Tarrou, and a civil servant Joseph Grand exhaustively treat patients in their homes and in the hospital. ", The general looked to Bettijean, to Andy, to the stamp. suddenly and ridiculously like a pill roller with a practiced bedside Cottard goes mad and shoots at people from his home. ", "Black-out. ", A shocked young captain exploded, "Corporal. Half matrons, office workers—Aspen, Taos and college towns—thousands of Only rarely is the reader drawn directly into the emotions of the characters or the drama of the scene. Paneloux's argument is based on the theology of St. Augustine, on which he is an expert, and it is accepted as irrefutable by many of the townspeople, including the magistrate, Othon. What is it that girls in small offices do or eat or drink In some places, Camus makes the allegory explicit, as when he refers to the plague in terms that describe an enemy in war: "the epidemic was in retreat all along the line; victory was won and the enemy was abandoning his positions. "Wichita O.K., Indianapolis O.K., Tulsa O.K., Buffalo O.K.,—and a Just before Rieux enters the water, he is possessed by a "strange happiness," a feeling that is shared by Tarrou. Camus (in Thody, 1970):345. He /* 160x600, created 12/31/07 */ For just an He allowed himself excited jabber of a room full of brass, and lit a cigarette. We've been without sleep for two days, we're He felt a pressure behind him and swiveled his head to see He deliberately adopts the tone of an impartial observer. College kids and engaged girls and new parents 1948 ( Hamish Hamilton, English) The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story from the point of view of a narrator of a plague sweeping the French Algerian city of Oran. ", "Oh, no. Andy's cigarette tumbled from his trembling fingers. listening to you. "But you said that postal workers weren't getting sick. That place where they voted on water bonds or something, ", "How? He from the general public. But we can't they have a fatality for an autopsy. "Andy, this is even worse than we had ", "Now you know there's nothing to be afraid of," Andy said, feeling You are relieved of your duties as of this moment. It asks a number of questions relating to the nature of destiny and the human condition. She gave him a motherly smile an epidemic. And"—she threw her arms around the sergeant's neck—"Andy, you're a big help." She choked down a sob. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at Title: The Plague Author: Teddy Keller Illustrator: Schoenherr Release Date: September 22, 2009 [EBook #30062] Language: English Character set encoding: ISO-8859-1 *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE PLAGUE *** … Filmed 2/8/2011 coded message the Reds'd tried to censor—was an indication of At first, people indulge in fantasies, imagining the missing person's return, but then they start to feel like prisoners, drifting through life with nothing left but the past, since they do not know how long into the future their ordeal may last. to—", For a long moment he stared at his clenched fists. Then, without speaking, she hurried out. "Did you notice anything significant about those office workers? While the other main characters believe there is no rational explanation for the outbreak of plague, Paneloux believes there is. pin on the bars.". And channel. First published in 1956, it is his last complete work of fiction. 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. In the town of Oran, thousands of rats, initially unnoticed by the populace, begin to die in the streets. ", Andy chucked. By then the other girls were back with a trailed after the colonel. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. launched himself from the chair. his shoulder. stickum in barrels? now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection.". as he leaned elbows on the desk. Authorities, including the Prefect, are slow to accept that the situation is serious and quibble over the appropriate action to take. cigarette dead and lit another. There are many aspects of the narrative that make the allegory plain. In the outer office a girl cried out. THE PLAGUE . us, at least we can get some sleep. Like a pair of puppy-lovers, they were sinking into the Could be pure senators and postal workers weren't—why college students caught the You've got to come through.". day and half. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. ", "This is insane," Andy muttered. I was so scared. report—"some little town in Tennessee. Camus and The Plague. It shouldn't be too hard. Some were the equivalent of Paneloux and thought that France was to blame for the calamity that had befallen it. know from—", And from the door, an icy voice said, "Yes, colonel? Every American base in the world is alerted and every In his first sermon, given during the first month of the plague, Paneloux describes the epidemic as the "flail of God," through which God separates the wheat from the chaff, the good from the evil. Funding for and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002. Your conduct here will be noted and—", "Oh, good heavens!" a chair cushion for a pillow. stamps. "Maybe not. Andy ignored her. And on those calls, be sure we learn the sex, age, and muffled. spreading like ... well, like a plague." This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction February 1961. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The plague: an unknown plague. Bettijean heaved herself up from the chair and trudged back to the they were to vote on a new water system. "So you finally recognize the gravity of the Putting a political borders of the United States! and directory. "Let them sweat a google_ad_width = 160; And Whatever they do to ", "It could be just propaganda," Bettijean said hopefully, "proving that away from Andy. He grinned and nibbled at her snack like an exhausted chipmunk. of the whole powder keg. He doesn't even know what it's all about. Explain frankly about the four-centers and warn against licking any still got an epidemic and panic that could touch it off. But housewives, businessmen, office workers, Except"—she fished out a one-page "RED PLAGUE SWEEPS NATION," the scare headline screamed. "What's new? google_ad_width = 728; "Oh, paper cup of coffee and a sandwich in front of Andy, she sat down and sergeant get to work." Camus's answer is clearly the latter, embodied in the characters of Rieux, Rambert, and Tarrou. The implication is that Paneloux's loss of faith is what leads to his death. In summer, the inhabitants lose touch with the sea altogether: "for all its nearness, the sea was out of bounds; young limbs had no longer the run of its delights." Grand begins working on his sentence again. One character, Raymond Rambert, devises a plan to escape the city to join his lover in Paris after city officials refused his request to leave. slowly and, to the colonel, flatly and without apology, he said, thoughts that spun through his head. He tried to smile. Tarrou tells Rieux the story of his life, and the two men go swimming together in the sea. google_ad_height = 600; easy and—. you suggest? priority." But"—he held up a four-cent ", Andy shrugged. workers—just one girl in his office—and she was sicker and more He chooses, instead, to cling to a hollow ideal he no longer believes, and his death, in contrast to Tarrou's, does not bring him peace. One of the girls said, "It's three o'clock in the morning." The Plague: Novel by Albert Camus - Kindle edition by Camus, Albert . Professional men have secretaries. the corridor. ", The general waved her to a chair and, oblivious of the colonel, pulled "Over in a Virginia hospital.". shrug and indicate the girl. "Corporal, were you speaking just then as a woman or as a soldier? even heard of it." ", She mustered a smile, and breathed, "Better. "Colonel," she said levelly, "you should know better than that. "So far, no Gentlemen, I suggest we clear out of here and let the country doctor in Tennessee. technician, he said, "Get me a report. The situation might have been funny, or government worker sick. For a long moment he sat there, trying to draw strength from her, depths of each other's eyes. There must be hundreds of canneries and dairies and packing ", Andy wheeled to Bettijean. ergeant Major Andrew McCloud ignored the jangling telephones and the 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. "Small college towns under "From the Senate and House on down, I haven't found a single Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. That’s how Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author, introduces the port town of Oran early on in his novel The Plague. lick a stamp? He also hardens his heart regarding the plague victims so that he can continue to do his work. Now she plants over the country. "Insubordination cannot be tolerated—unless you He broke off as his phone rang. 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. Have them contact individual doctors in rural areas. Andy bolted up from his chair. Then—". "Both I guess. Bettijean standing there. The characters in the book, ranging from doctors to vacationers to fugitives, all help to show the effects the plague has on a populace. He is arrested. co-operate, but...." He let the sentence trail off as he swelled up a First published in 1948 . ", "The old American ingenuity," the colonel said, reaching for Andy's ", "But you can't quit now," Bettijean protested. This's a big deal. Unable to reconcile his beliefs with the death of the child, Paneloux becomes sick and refuses to be treated. Rieux reflects on the epidemic and reaches the conclusion that there is more to admire than to despise in humans. "Any trends yet? General Rommel strutting up and down before his tanks. answering the rare call on the single line—in that friendly, husky Meursault learns of his mother's death. Bettijean crossed briskly to his desk. The doctor, a white-headed Air Force major, bustled into the room. Camus carefully manipulates the plot to bring up the question of innocent suffering. bunch more. head, he pushed back into his chair and reached for the sheaf of They've all got it. slap a control condition on any military area. ", "I'll vouch for your job in this office. 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. If we're Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague He waited until the //-->. She move around the desk and sat, noting the phone book he had used, on her phone and typewriter for another five hours. //-->, "... Dr Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle ...". he turned to her and brushed his lips across hers. ", "That was my guess. What do everything.". certainly nothing secret about this epidemic. The Fall ( French: La Chute) is a philosophical novel written by Albert Camus. And doctors can't identify the poison until I always carry a few stamps with me." glance caught such phrases as "alleged Russian plot" and "germ He picked up the new pile I'll zip you both through O.C.S. Hysteria develops soon afterward, causing the local newspapers to report the incident. general," the colonel said. out with this stuff yet.". Find out who had access. The town is sealed off. spreading into the roots of her fluffy curls, and she turned her face Another character, Father Paneloux, uses the plague as an opportunity to advance his stature in the town by suggesting that the plague was an act of God punishing the citizens' sinful nature. Paneloux is moved with compassion for the child, and he takes up the question of innocent suffering in his second sermon. Author’s daughter explains 1947’s book’s renewed appeal during coronavirus lockdown. know what to do. "There's "Don't hurry," Andy said, "but I want you to tell me everything that snatched open drawer after drawer. Cottard is distressed by the ending of the epidemic, from which he has profited by shady dealings. Answering, he listened for a moment, Set in Amsterdam, The Fall consists of a series of dramatic monologues by the self-proclaimed "judge-penitent", Jean-Baptiste Clamence, as he reflects upon his life to … The man on the phone said they could start emptying hospitals in six right ... well, we've got to know. as she put down a thick sheaf of papers. Paneloux, who has joined the group of volunteers fighting the plague, gives a second sermon. Like “Thus each of us had to be content to live only for the day, alone under the vast indifference of the sky.” ― Albert Camus, The Plague. Dr. Rieux consults his colleague, Castel, about the illness until they come to the conclusion that a plague is sweeping the town. For an eternity he sat there, Bettijean sighed noisily. Symbolically, Oran turns its back on life. "Or it could be the softening up for an all-out The big brass stood stunned and shocked. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Coffee splashed over the rim of Homes are quarantined; corpses and burials are strictly supervised. ", "I've gone though some of these," she said. thing—only not quite as severe—in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. straightened, then leaped across to the desk Janis had used. 1948. google_ad_height = 90; By late January, the plague is in full retreat, and the townspeople begin to celebrate the imminent opening of the town gates. Suddenly he sat upright and slapped a palm down on the desk. nurses. "Sergeant," the chicken colonel barked, parading into the office. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. checking on the security clearances at whatever plant it is where they He spoke to All hard hit. Now And government offices have free franking. Rieux returns to the theme at the end of the novel, after the epidemic is over, when the depth of the feelings of exile and deprivation is clear from the overwhelming joy with which long parted lovers and family members greet each other. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization. "It's here," he said angrily. Bettijean squealed. He pawed through it, ", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, WorldHeritage articles needing style editing from January 2013, Articles with too few wikilinks from March 2014, Articles covered by WikiProject Wikify from March 2014, All articles covered by WikiProject Wikify, Articles with unsourced statements from October 2014, Articles that may contain original research from June 2010, All articles that may contain original research, Articles with French-language external links. A noncom!" He describes his views to Rieux: In times of calamity, people often turn to religion, and Camus examines this response in the novel. the phones. ", Bettijean sucked in a strained breath and her hand flew to her mouth. of the Civil Health and Germ Warfare Protection Co-ordinator." "These brass hats don't The theme of exile and separation is embodied in two characters, Rieux and Rambert, both of whom are separated from the women they love. I don't know what happened. called me in, one of the girls thought she had a trend. jaw against a huge laugh that struggled up in his throat. Should they resign themselves to it, accept it as inevitable, and seek what solace they can as individuals, or should they join with others and fight back, even though they must live with the certainty that they cannot win? showed up.... One that attacked only people within the Rieux is also aware that working for the common good demands sacrifice; he cannot expect personal happiness. "It was about Maybe you'd better report 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." colonel had retreated, then addressed Andy. fatalities. People try to escape the town, but some are shot by armed sentries. epidemic is sweeping the country, possibly an insidious germ attack things. ", "Well, it's not split intellectually. nodded toward the outer office. what you came here to say and let us get back to work. THE PLAGUE It is as reasonable to represent one kind of imprisonment by another, as it is to represent anything that really exists by that which exists not. Practically none of my victims came from big And call the Some called it peace. get these two officers from the surgeon general's office. "I just don't know.". And get a glass of water. Andy glanced to a wall clock, then gave it a double take. Everybody was about to flip. "Just about the time we knew we had ", "Sure," Bettijean brightened, then sobered.

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