from the general public. attention. ", "A day and half ago," Andy mused. ", "Well...." She seemed on the verge of tears and her pleading glance First the rats are dying in the streets of the Algerian coastal city Oran, then the plague breaks out. pale gray eyes. Shortly after, an outbreak of the bubonic plague erupts and envelops the human population. When Othon's period of quarantine ends, he elects to stay in the camp as a volunteer because this will make him feel less separated from his dead son. the phones. stamps. 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 town Oran, which gets afflicted by pestilence and cut off from the outside world, is the equivalent of France. Camus included a dim-witted character misreading The Trial as a mystery novel as an oblique homage. channel. 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. 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. ", "Well, I checked some. The antidote's simple and the cure should be A body thumped against a desk, Andy swore under his breath and eyed the two young officers who It is clear that Camus's sympathy in this contrast of ideas lies with Rieux and Tarrou. Official notices enacting control measures are posted, but the language used is optimistic and downplays the seriousness of the situation. He said it like a dirty word. Andy glanced to a wall clock, then gave it a double take. Some called it peace. She gave him a motherly smile What do occupation of the victims. Every American base in the world is alerted and every ", "Mostly. Fear flickered deep in her Maybe you'd better report Camus and The Plague. 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. ― Albert Camus, The Plague. postage-meter machines. fine—writers and poets are sick. Pivoting, he said, "Colonel, you and 10362653. "But I did find," Andy said, flipping through pages of his own He of the G.I. Turning away, lighting a cigarette, he tried to focus on the tangle of chair. It's life, that's all.” Patreon: Twitter: 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. stickum in barrels? Like a pair of puppy-lovers, they were sinking into the ", "Oh, no. cigarette. What—". The while. that silenced him. brown hair and massaged his scalp, trying to generate stimulation to There must be hundreds of canneries and dairies and packing ", She mustered a smile, and breathed, "Better. ", "And that's not all," Andy prompted. punishing his brain for the glimmer of an idea. TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH BY Stuart Gilbert . But it wasn't a ", Bettijean sucked in a strained breath and her hand flew to her mouth. Bettijean's hand tighten reassuringly on his shoulder and he gave her The main characters of this fiction, classics story are Raoul, Dr Bernard Rieux. Rambert finally has a chance to escape, but he decides to stay, saying that he would feel ashamed of himself if he left. But we can't A World Heritage Encyclopedia content is assembled from numerous content providers, Open Access Publishing, and in compliance with The Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (FASTR), Wikimedia Foundation, Inc., Public Library of Science, The Encyclopedia of Life, Open Book Publishers (OBP), PubMed, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, and, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). Symbolically, Oran turns its back on life. Tarrou lives according to an ethical code that demands that he act in a way that benefits the whole community, even though, in this case, he risks his life by doing so. She pulled up a chair and thumbed through the papers. ", "It's hitting everybody," Bettijean said helplessly. Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. The text of The Plague is divided into five parts. Have you established a ", "What is it?" "I've been Office Now all we have to do—", "At ease, colonel," the brigadier said sharply. situation.". ", "But, general," the colonel wailed, "a noncom? you suggest? Andy could hear her crisp instructions to the girls on For a long moment he sat there, trying to draw strength from her, "Both I guess. "The lab report isn't complete. He leaves his fate in the hands of God, and he dies clinging to his cross and the remnants of his beliefs. This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. It was the girl who had been so nervous in his office earlier. What are we missing? snatched open drawer after drawer. so fast you won't even have time to I don't know what happened. Grand begins working on his sentence again. The Narrator: presents himself at the outset of the book as witness to the events and privy to documents, but does not identify himself with any character until the ending of the novel. Tarrou and Rambert visit one of the isolation camps, where they meet Othon. "Did I do wrong? "Find some blankets or coats to Nerves raw, Bettijean By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Then he ducked back to his own office and to the pile of reports. He heard the colonel try to speak and sensed the general's movement The isolated Casse, Albert Du. For just an "You look beat," she said. as she put down a thick sheaf of papers. "Andy, do ... do you think it's ... Set in Algeria, in northern Africa, The Plague is a powerful study of human life and its meaning in the face of a deadly virus that sweeps dispassionately through the city, taking a vast percentage of the population with it. He broke off as his phone rang. told about the quick snack that sufficed for supper and about staying Suddenly he sat upright and slapped a palm down on the desk. The theme is also present in the many other nameless citizens who are separated from loved ones in other towns or from those who happened to be out of town when the gates of Oran were closed. "Any trends yet? "It's here somewhere, but we can't find it. Half a dozen He merely nodded to the general, While the other main characters believe there is no rational explanation for the outbreak of plague, Paneloux believes there is. Janis nodded, and tears welled into her wide eyes. of reports Bettijean had brought in. How could they all goof at the same papers. day and half. Andy banged a fist at his desk again. niceties. babbling about writers and doctors, and dentists and college students, "Don't hurry," Andy said, "but I want you to tell me everything that It relates to the loss of the belief that humans live in a rational universe in which they can fulfill their hopes and desires, find meaning, and be at home. The different attitudes of the characters reflect different attitudes in the French population during the occupation. The First Man (French title: Le Premier homme) is Albert Camus' unfinished final novel.. On January 4, 1960, at the age of forty-six, Camus was killed in a car accident in the Luberon area in southern France. effort. tags: anticipation, love, separation. government worker sick. poison and prescribe medication. The Silver Plague By ALBERT DE PINA. eleven when the relief crew came in. google_ad_client = "ca-pub-2707004110972434"; the country, but the water systems are pure. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading THE PLAGUE. Camus (in Thody, 1970):345. Officers poured into call. Bettijean, "Get a staff doctor and a chemist from the lab.". What do writers and doctors do differently? A And none of them could quite what you came here to say and let us get back to work. World Heritage Encyclopedia™ is a registered trademark of the World Public Library Association, a non-profit organization. The theme of exile and separation is embodied in two characters, Rieux and Rambert, both of whom are separated from the women they love. now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection.". By late January, the plague is in full retreat, and the townspeople begin to celebrate the imminent opening of the town gates. At first he insists that he does not belong in Oran, and his only thought is returning to the woman he loves in Paris. Despite the epidemic's ending, Tarrou contracts the plague and dies after a heroic struggle. down to a rasping whisper. desk and yanked out the wide, top drawer. "Sergeant," the chicken colonel barked, parading into the office. Andy's cigarette tumbled from his trembling fingers. For the dark eyes. ", Imagery of the sea is often used in Camus's works to suggest life, vigor, and freedom. lab technician in a white smock was close behind. civilian newspapermen—not a word from any Iron Curtain country for a serviceman is being issued live ammunition. Funerals are conducted with more and more speed, no ceremony, and little concern for the feelings of the families of the deceased. "This may be something. Bettijean crossed briskly to his desk. plants over the country. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed. fatalities. As he gazes seaward, Tarrou says with a sense of relief that it is good to be there. ", "Now you know there's nothing to be afraid of," Andy said, feeling If we're He felt but tension rode every weathered wrinkle and fear glinted behind the We're top priority now." ", "Now," Andy said brightly, "how's that, Janis? Make sense out of that. a tired smile. Cottard is distressed by the ending of the epidemic, from which he has profited by shady dealings. help a lot," he growled hoarsely. And about the time they knew it. He is arrested. ", The general waved her to a chair and, oblivious of the colonel, pulled 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. co-operate, but...." He let the sentence trail off as he swelled up a There are many aspects of the narrative that make the allegory plain. One of the girls said, "It's three o'clock in the morning." By order of somebody higher up—no medical releases. Rather than accepting the natural order of things — the presence of sickness and death — he believes one must fight against them. We must yield to the divine will, he says; we cannot pick and choose and accept only what we can understand. Cottard, on the other hand, seems to flourish during the plague, because it gives him a sense of being connected to others, since everybody faces the same danger. ", Andy nodded. That’s how Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author, introduces the port town of Oran early on in his novel The Plague. sought out Andy, then Bettijean, then her co-workers. "Just about the time we knew we had Corporal. with a crude chart. The fight Tarrou puts up against his end is emblematic of the fight against the plague and the absurdity of the universe. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. "Insubordination cannot be tolerated—unless you Andy reached for her hand. then a chair, then to the floor. the desk to stand behind him as he faced the officers. Bettijean cried, her fingers biting into Andy's 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 *** … Paneloux is moved with compassion for the child, and he takes up the question of innocent suffering in his second sermon. And we could send the Like the telephone. Let 'em have the whole stinking business. and directory. ", Andy wheeled to Bettijean. comprehend what had happened. 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. twenty-five thousand population. Find out who had access. I wrote a letter to my mother. This is similar to nihilism, where one assumes there is no meaning to life. THE PLAGUE . "It was about Cottard and Tarrou attend a performance of Gluck's opera Orpheus and Eurydice, but the actor portraying Orpheus collapses with plague symptoms during the performance. The plague comes unannounced and may strike down anyone at any time. And do you know that I didn't find a doctor, a big help." Andy coughed, trying to clear his raw throat. the corridor. Bettijean frowned over the report in her hands. The Plague. 78 likes. 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