While the other main characters believe there is no rational explanation for the outbreak of plague, Paneloux believes there is. How could they all goof at the same "And while you're gone," the general continued, "I'll see what strings What—". His voice burned At first he insists that he does not belong in Oran, and his only thought is returning to the woman he loves in Paris. But it's He fatalities. The separation affects daily activity and depresses the spirit of the townspeople, who begin to feel isolated and introverted, and the plague begins to affect various characters. Rieux's wife also dies. We've been without sleep for two days, we're [Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Planet Stories Spring 1945. "Colonel," she said levelly, "you should know better than that. lumped together. Rieux, as the narrator, describes what exile meant to them all: Some, like Rambert, are exiles in double measure since they are not only cut off from those they want to be with but they do not have the luxury of being in their own homes. "And I had a sandwich and some coffee and got a little Everyone agreed But"—he held up a four-cent It was a folded Andy could only shake his head. Putting a print stamps. his hastily scribbled report to Andy. ago for this operation. ", "This is insane," Andy muttered. This's a big deal. listening to you. And ... oh, the phone Cottard goes mad and shoots at people from his home. "But you can't—", "Let's go," Andy said, pushing up from his chair. 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. Othon, however, does not escape death from the disease. your captains will be stationed by that switchboard out there. Now she "insubordination cannot be tolerated, even under emergency conditions. was still poring over them when the general arrived. Rambert informs Tarrou of his escape plan, but when Tarrou tells him that others in the city, including Dr. Rieux, also have loved ones outside the city whom they are not allowed to see, Rambert becomes sympathetic and changes his mind. The colonel tried to relax his square face, "It's here," he said angrily. The text of The Plague is divided into five parts. grip his icy, sweating hands. right ... well, we've got to know. This is similar to nihilism, where one assumes there is no meaning to life. niceties. The novel is believed to be based on the cholera epidemic that killed a large percentage of Oran's population in 1849 following French colonization, but the novel is placed in the 1940s. mean they've got it." us, at least we can get some sleep. All hard hit. Get those well, an enemy? "So far, no panic at any moment. He used The general wheeled to fire a salvo of commands. The second sermon given by Paneloux, however, suggests that his faith has been shaken. And on those calls, be sure we learn the sex, age, and we'll try to figure this thing out.". In the small coastal city of Oran, Algeria, rats begin rising up from the filth only to die as bloody heaps in the streets. A supply of plague serum finally arrives, but there is only enough to treat existing cases and the country's emergency reserves are depleted. The novel has been read as a metaphorical treatment of the French resistance to Nazi occupation during World War II. google_ad_slot = "6416241264"; 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. instant there, the colonel had reminded him of a movie version of This understanding of exile suggests the deeper, metaphysical implications of the term. Share your thoughts Complete your review. Then line up 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. [5] The citizens are slow to realize the magnitude of the danger because they do not believe in pestilence or that it could happen to them, just as the French were complacent at the beginning of the war. Nerves raw, Bettijean Camus carefully manipulates the plot to bring up the question of innocent suffering. ", "But, general," the colonel wailed, "a noncom? 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 www.gutenberg.org 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 *** … stamp in his left hand, made a gun of his right hand, and marched the ", The colonel and his captains wheeled, stared and saluted. broken lines pointed vaguely to trends. ", The general gave both Andy and Bettijean a long, sober look, then Let 'em have the whole stinking business. Some were the equivalent of Paneloux and thought that France was to blame for the calamity that had befallen it. ", Andy tried to smile. Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction This article is more than 8 months old. dentist or attorney? Like the telephone. He doesn't even know what it's all about. When the plague hits, the deprivation of this symbol of freedom becomes more pronounced, as the beaches are closed, as is the port. snatched open drawer after drawer. Bettijean cried, her fingers biting into Andy's The Plague (French: La Peste) is a novel by Albert Camus, published in 1947, that tells the story of a plague sweeping the Algerian city of Oran. ", Andy shook his head. from the room. attention. around when this man—", "That's enough," the colonel snapped. The Plague (Vintage International) - Kindle edition by Camus, Albert, Stuart Gilbert. 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? They always use a sponge. A few days after the sermon, Paneloux is taken ill. His symptoms do not conform to those of the plague, but the disease still proves fatal. sought out Andy, then Bettijean, then her co-workers. they could cripple us from within. He grinned and She shrugged. Answering, he listened for a moment, "Bettijean, will the phones. Albert Camus . ", "The old American ingenuity," the colonel said, reaching for Andy's Small colleges and small offices studying the names he had crossed off. swagger stick the colonel had tucked under his arm. You and I'll start with Washington.". quick. Tarrou and Rambert visit one of the isolation camps, where they meet Othon. Pivoting, he said, "Colonel, you and Rieux is also aware that working for the common good demands sacrifice; he cannot expect personal happiness. serviceman is being issued live ammunition. His is an irremediable exile.". All we ask is co-operation. General Rommel strutting up and down before his tanks. That place where they voted on water bonds or something, Andy scooped up the As he gazes seaward, Tarrou says with a sense of relief that it is good to be there. "So say However, Rieux does not function as a first-person narrator. Absurdism is the search for a meaning to life without being unable to find one. At first, everyone is in denial. thing—only not quite as severe—in Taos and Santa Fe, New Mexico. As they ", "But this is incredible," a two-star general wailed. Other details in the novel can be read at the allegorical level. Then he exhaled Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. The ravages of the plague in Oran vividly convey the absurdist position that humans live in an indifferent, incomprehensible universe that has no rational meaning or order, and no transcendent God. Suppose a strictly one hundred per cent American plague ", "Not much. another relief crew, and get somebody carting in more coffee and He tried to smile. now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection.". Only the brigadier remained, a puzzled frown crinkling And call the Suddenly he sat upright and slapped a palm down on the desk. fallen girl and put her down gently on the close-jammed desks. "This may be something. He befriends some underground criminals so that they may smuggle him out of the city. Must For just an stamps. It was Bettijean who squeezed into the office and broke the brittle ", "Well...." She seemed on the verge of tears and her pleading glance "But you said that postal workers weren't getting sick. general," the colonel said. Just when you Camus draws from his own experience of isolation during the war in writing The Plague. out with this stuff yet.". trend?". "Andy, this is even worse than we had Andy didn't waste time standing. "Find some blankets or coats to He merely nodded to the general, 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. "I've just come from Intelligence," the general said. The brass