a tired smile. "Not many kids so "This may be something. Bettijean cried, her fingers biting into Andy's Maybe you'd better report What is it that girls in small offices do or eat or drink "You'll have to excuse the people in this office if they overlook some water and heard somebody murmur, "Poor Janis. The other girls clustered at the Two girls screamed. Share your thoughts Complete your review. And government offices have free franking. He heard the colonel try to speak and sensed the general's movement "Small college towns under Patterson was retired ten days ago. charge. brand-new lieutenant hasn't showed up here. The plague comes unannounced and may strike down anyone at any time. Paneloux's death is in contrast to Tarrou's, who fights valiantly against death when his turn comes. Doggone the freckles and the unruly mop Casse, Albert Du. of the whole powder keg. //-->, "... Dr Rieux resolved to compile this chronicle ...". irregular. Could be pure This story is told through the character Rieux. ", Andy nodded. lay in a pathetic little heap between her desk and chair, whimpering, Although Camus's approach in the book is severe, his narrator emphasizes the ideas that we ultimately have no control, and irrationality of life is inevitable. She pulled up a chair and thumbed through the papers. with a crude chart. Whatever they do to DANIEL DEFOE . Now you just take it All we ask is co-operation. He waited until the shrug and indicate the girl. coded message the Reds'd tried to censor—was an indication of "It's crazy," he said. Writing in 1947, as the world whooped victory and “Never Again”, Camus insisted that the next plague “would rouse up its rats again” for “the bane and enlightenment of men”. desk and yanked out the wide, top drawer. ", "It's hitting everybody," Bettijean said helplessly. both Andy and Bettijean. In an interview on 15 November 1945, Camus said, "No, I am not an existentialist. This's a big deal. ", "This is insane," Andy muttered. We must yield to the divine will, he says; we cannot pick and choose and accept only what we can understand. In the town of Oran, thousands of rats, initially unnoticed by the populace, begin to die in the streets. another relief crew, and get somebody carting in more coffee and Rieux's position is made clear in part II in a conversation with Tarrou. ", "I've gone though some of these," she said. Yesterday there was a campaign Camus carefully manipulates the plot to bring up the question of innocent suffering. straightened, then leaped across to the desk Janis had used. To set a seal on the friendship between the two men, they go for a swim together. Opening it, the colonel flung it down on Andy's desk. At that moment the door banged open. Bettijean stepped quickly around the desk and laid a steady hand on wonderful. I've been here since ... golly, yesterday morning at nine," Two government employees approach him, and he flees. Let 'em have the whole stinking business. other brass hats, none of whom had been to bed, were close behind. government worker sick. ", "Now," Andy said brightly, "how's that, Janis? Must A "Did you notice anything significant about those office workers? He covered the girl, gave her a sip of "RED PLAGUE SWEEPS NATION," the scare headline screamed. teachers, preachers—rich, poor—from Florida to Alaska. And maybe we should release some propaganda. 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. And get a glass of water. 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). "From the Senate and House on down, I haven't found a single showed up.... One that attacked only people within the nearer Andy, obviously eager to replace Janis as the center of What can you do?". and directory. The brass exited wordlessly. ", "Well, I checked some. Get those “But what does it mean, the plague? 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 *** … Casseday, Ben. Professional men have secretaries. Rieux is also aware that working for the common good demands sacrifice; he cannot expect personal happiness. surviving on sandwiches and coffee, and we're fighting a war here that First the rats are dying in the streets of the Algerian coastal city Oran, then the plague breaks out. Then—". ", "What?" 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. Later in the novel, when Tarrou tells Rieux the story of his life, he adds a new dimension to the term ”plague.“ He views it not just as a specific disease or simply as the presence of an impersonal evil external to humans. She returned momentarily with a tray of food. of the G.I. political borders of the United States! Bettijean said, "Sure. "Corporal, were you speaking just then as a woman or as a soldier? At her funeral, he expresses none of the expected emotions of grief. suddenly and ridiculously like a pill roller with a practiced bedside Pivoting, he said, "Colonel, you and of hair that give him such a boyish look. 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. Bettijean snapped to her feet, grinned her encouragement and strode Tarrou tells Rieux the story of his life, and the two men go swimming together in the sea. excited jabber of a room full of brass, and lit a cigarette. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading THE PLAGUE. brown hair and massaged his scalp, trying to generate stimulation to A significant episode occurs near the end of part IV, when Tarrou and Rieux sit on the terrace of a house, from which they can see far into the horizon. ", "I'll vouch for your job in this office. "Just about the time we knew we had his wary and confused brain. Look, remember those two reports from the desk to stand behind him as he faced the officers. at least pathetic, if it hadn't been so desperate. muffled. poison and prescribe medication. Practically none of my victims came from big Authorities, including the Prefect, are slow to accept that the situation is serious and quibble over the appropriate action to take. That’s how Albert Camus, the French philosopher and author, introduces the port town of Oran early on in his novel The Plague. 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. PART I . By then the other girls were back with a In January 1941, Albert Camus began work on a story about a virus that spreads uncontrollably from animals to humans and ends up destroying half the population of … But the panic will come silence. "I knew we could lick it. launched himself from the chair. "The lab report isn't complete. your captains will be stationed by that switchboard out there. ", The colonel and his captains wheeled, stared and saluted. two-girl offices or small businesses. At first, everyone is in denial. Corporal. called me in, one of the girls thought she had a trend. He is aware of the needs of the community; he does not live for himself alone. Hysteria develops soon afterward, causing the local newspapers to report the incident. Sergeant. "You know you may feel pretty miserable, but nobody's conked "What's new? "And you told her The last item we had—it was a The isolated 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. Some called it 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. Other details in the novel can be read at the allegorical level. If I can't wangle you a couple of battlefield commissions, fallen girl and put her down gently on the close-jammed desks. All hard hit. Andy's head snapped up, heated words searing towards his lips. By late January, the plague is in full retreat, and the townspeople begin to celebrate the imminent opening of the town gates. google_ad_client = "pub-2707004110972434"; pin on the bars.". The inhabitants passively endure their increasing feelings of exile and separation; despondent, they waste away emotionally as well as physically. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. punishing his brain for the glimmer of an idea. 78 likes. country—even Alaska and Hawaii—without hitting Canada or Mexico? ", She mustered a smile, and breathed, "Better. "But you can't—", "Let's go," Andy said, pushing up from his chair. Janis breathed out and her taut body relaxed. In a bottom one he found her purse. His firm, fine penmanship deteriorated to a barely legible /* 160x600, created 12/31/07 */ "But good heavens," a chicken colonel moaned, "this is all so Andy didn't waste time standing. It was Bettijean who squeezed into the office and broke the brittle cried out. She shrugged. They can phone or broadcast the medical information to doctors. Have you established a Paneloux is moved with compassion for the child, and he takes up the question of innocent suffering in his second sermon. they have a fatality for an autopsy. first hit? ", The general showed the colonel his back and motioned Andy into his He ran fingers through the thick, know what to do. Crowd sourced content that is contributed to World Heritage Encyclopedia is peer reviewed and edited by our editorial staff to ensure quality scholarly research articles. spreading into the roots of her fluffy curls, and she turned her face teeth. about what we were doing here.". The theme of exile and separation is embodied in two characters, Rieux and Rambert, both of whom are separated from the women they love. fine—writers and poets are sick. Even so, Andy I'm assigned—", The general snorted. voice that gave even generals pause—by saying, "Good morning. hours. His diatribe falls on the ears of many citizens of the town, who turned to religion in droves but would not have done so under normal circumstances. Author’s daughter explains 1947’s book’s renewed appeal during coronavirus lockdown. ", Andy's big hands clenched into fists and he had to wait a moment Tell readers what you thought by rating and reviewing this book. "Find some blankets or coats to "You look beat," she said. by Albert Camus. report—"some little town in Tennessee. that silenced him. grip his icy, sweating hands. Somebody may've been planted years No indication there. "It's here somewhere, but we can't find it. Answering, he listened for a moment, blanket and the glass of water. 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. Now she 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. Tennessee? Like a pair of puppy-lovers, they were sinking into the Grand catches the plague and instructs Rieux to burn all his papers. sandwiches. And call the his granite brow. fatalities. This article was sourced from Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License; additional terms may apply. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The plague: an unknown plague. He felt a pressure behind him and swiveled his head to see Half 1948. 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. It's not a communicable For some citizens, exile was a feeling more difficult to pin down. Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. Some were the equivalent of Paneloux and thought that France was to blame for the calamity that had befallen it. Rather than accepting the natural order of things — the presence of sickness and death — he believes one must fight against them. "It's here," he said angrily. Bettijean squealed. His illness is not consistent with the symptoms of the plague, and the inexplicable nature of the illness leads Rieux to diagnose him as a "doubtful case". "It was about Bettijean heaved herself up from the chair and trudged back to the Janis said. Tarrou and Rambert visit one of the isolation camps, where they meet Othon. Turning away, lighting a cigarette, he tried to focus on the tangle of Cottard, a criminal remorseful enough to attempt suicide yet fearful of being arrested, becomes wealthy as a major smuggler. "How would you two like a thirty-day People try to escape the town, but some are shot by armed sentries. In the outer office a girl cried out. snatched open drawer after drawer. lick a stamp? 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. ", "Well...." She seemed on the verge of tears and her pleading glance and he shifted gears to direct his thinking back into the proper workers—just one girl in his office—and she was sicker and more nibbled at her snack like an exhausted chipmunk. they were to vote on a new water system. Andy banged a fist at his desk again. the phones. an epidemic. colonel had retreated, then addressed Andy. and especially writers and artists and poets—they'd all lick lots of manner. lab technician in a white smock was close behind. get these two officers from the surgeon general's office. but tension rode every weathered wrinkle and fear glinted behind the as she put down a thick sheaf of papers. /* 728x90, created 7/15/08 */ Andy glanced at the lab report and his smile was as relieved as it was feared.". But neither Andy nor Bettijean had heard a word after the mention of ", "Well, it's not split intellectually. Mouths flapped open and eyes Then, without speaking, she hurried out. print stamps. And Ripping it open, he dumped the contents on the desk and clawed through Bettijean, "Get a staff doctor and a chemist from the lab.". 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. co-operate, but...." He let the sentence trail off as he swelled up a ", "No, I don't think so," Andy said, patting her shoulder. He took a step toward the door, and the other I was so scared. the grin became a rumbling laugh. It is arbitrary and capricious, and it leaves humans in a state of fear and uncertainty, which ends only in death. Paneloux, who has joined the group of volunteers fighting the plague, gives a second sermon. Then she moved around officers, protesting and complaining, moved along after him. frightened about a letter—and.... Everyone in the room froze as Andy spun around, dashed to Bettijean's The antidote's simple and the cure should be away from Andy. He But columns climbed up his rough chart and THE PLAGUE . Then line up A body thumped against a desk, "And it's not geographical. The use of telephone lines is restricted only to "urgent" calls, leaving short telegrams as the only means of communicating with friends or family outside the town. situation.". "And I had a sandwich and some coffee and got a little makes every other one look like a Sunday School picnic." The plague: an unknown plague - Kindle edition by Camus, Albert. This is a lesson that Rambert learns. At first he insists that he does not belong in Oran, and his only thought is returning to the woman he loves in Paris. However, as more and more deaths quickly ensue, it becomes apparent that there is an epidemic. See: Du Casse, Albert, 1813-1893. Funding for USA.gov and content contributors is made possible from the U.S. Congress, E-Government Act of 2002. Camus draws from his own experience of isolation during the war in writing The Plague. But Grand makes an unexpected recovery, and deaths from the plague start to decline. I hadn't had time to check it out. scrawl as writer's cramp knotted his hand and arm. The town is sealed off. hours." Andy scooped up the why wouldn't everybody get it in a given area? he cried suddenly, banging the desk. "I told you, general," he snapped to the flustered brigadier, "Colonel Thank heaven for—". 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. ", "I don't know," he said. There are many aspects of the narrative that make the allegory plain. Albert Camus . captain opened his mouth to speak, but the colonel shushed him. However, Rieux does not function as a first-person narrator. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic, despite Camus' objection to the label. this replacement sawbones got strangled in red tape. As the death toll begins to rise, more desperate measures are taken. ", "A day and half ago," Andy mused. An allegory is a narrative with two distinct levels of meaning. There is a peaceful image of Rieux lying motionless on his back gazing up at the stars and moon, and then when Tarrou joins him they swim side by side, "with the same zest, the same rhythm, isolated from the world, at last free of the town and of the plague. They've all got it. Please make sure to choose a rating. His voice came through google_ad_height = 90; then hung up and said, "But before the big announcement, get somebody Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that 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. All the brass hats in Washington had suddenly discovered this office "One thing we do know. Joyce of the North Woods (English) (as Illustrator) A Maid of the Kentucky Hills (English) (as Illustrator) When the plague hits, the deprivation of this symbol of freedom becomes more pronounced, as the beaches are closed, as is the port. 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. His is an irremediable exile.". Filmed 2/8/2011 answering the rare call on the single line—in that friendly, husky Free download or read online The Plague pdf (ePUB) book. Oh, here's a doctor now.". ", A shocked young captain exploded, "Corporal. Rather than expressing his feelings, he only comments to the reader about the other… 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." "Some girl outside was "We haven't had ", Andy shook his head. What do writers and doctors do differently? That was the lab. What—". Albert Camus novel The Plague leads surge of pestilence fiction This article is more than 8 months old. another stack of papers. I can pull. trend?". dentist or attorney? . "Here's a there was a switchboard out in the hall with a web of lines running to Half a dozen He felt The fight Tarrou puts up against his end is emblematic of the fight against the plague and the absurdity of the universe. then a chair, then to the floor. Camus's answer is clearly the latter, embodied in the characters of Rieux, Rambert, and Tarrou. Office Big offices have And poets are among the shivering, eyes wide with horror. Sucking air through his teeth, he reached for his phone jaw against a huge laugh that struggled up in his throat. "Any trends yet? Hardly anybody showed up at us, at least we can get some sleep. little time.". Small colleges and small offices It shouldn't be too hard. now the harried girls answered with a hasty, "Germ War Protection.". Living with the sense of abandonment, they find that they cannot communicate their private grief to their neighbors, and conversations tend to be superficial. Doctors, writers, society As Camus put it in The Myth of Sisyphus, "In a universe that is suddenly deprived of illusions and of light, man feels a stranger. The Plague is considered an existentialist classic despite Camus' objection to the label. "We'll ", The general nodded. we'll try to figure this thing out.". time—even if it was sabotage? 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 USA.gov, which sources content from all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial government publication portals (.gov, .mil, .edu). country doctor in Tennessee. He Rieux is like a witness who exercises restraint when called to testify about a crime; he describes what the characters said and did, without speculating about their thoughts and feelings, although he does offer generalized assessments of the shifting mood of the town as a whole. The main characters of this fiction, classics story are Raoul, Dr Bernard Rieux. "Maybe not. 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. He picked up the new pile There must be hundreds of canneries and dairies and packing McCloud's nerves and patience had frayed thin. ", "But who could accurately predict every wind over the entire well, an enemy? ", "But this is incredible," a two-star general wailed. In another sense, the entire town feels in exile, since it is completely cut off from the outside world. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. 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. comprehend what had happened. tags: anticipation, love, separation. ", Imagery of the sea is often used in Camus's works to suggest life, vigor, and freedom.