Summary Analysis Before Monday's lunch break at the office, Meursault enjoys washing his hands, as always. He recalls mentioning to his boss once how unpleasant the bathroom's roller towel got by the end of the day and his boss saying "it was really a minor detail. His boss may think the state of the bathroom's roller towel is only "a minor detail" but physical details are of highest importance to Meursault.
Upon waking up, Meursault muses over his boss's annoyance when he asked for time off. Counting the weekend, it amounts to four days off, and he very sympathetically understands his boss's point of view. Meursault goes for a swim at the public beach down at the harbor.
He bumps, or rather, swims into Marie Cardona, a former co-worker that he liked but didn't have time for. Now Meursault tries to make a move on her as he helps her onto a float.
The two fall asleep together, with Meursault lying on Marie's stomach. Having this broken the ice, Meursault asks her out to a movie. Marie agrees to see a Fernandel comedy. They get dressed for the movies and Meursault picks her up wearing a black tie. Marie seems shocked that Meursault's mother died only yesterday, as he's all, "Hey, baby, let's go out" when he really ought to be all, "Hey I'm sad, my mom just died.
The two mess around in the theatre… then take it to the bedroom at Meursault's place. The next morning "The next morning" is a clever euphemism for "After they had sex"Marie has already left when Meursault wakes up.
He dozes a bit more, smokes a few cigarettes, and finally fixes himself some eggs. He then reads the paper and wastes away the rest of the beautiful afternoon on his balcony, people-watching and smoking and probably reflecting on the sexytimes the night before. By nightfall, the street lamps turn on and tire Meursault's eyes.
What is it with this guy and lights? He seems strangely affected by them. He goes downstairs to buy bread and spaghetti, and eats his meal standing up. A breeze chills him, so Meursault shuts the windows.
He goes to bed thinking about his mother's burial and tomorrow's impending work, and realizes that, really, nothing has changed.Start studying The Stranger by:Albert Camus.
Learn vocabulary, terms, and more with flashcards, games, and other study tools. Quick Answer. Major themes of The Stranger include alienation, absurdity, and French colonialism. Meursault is the titular stranger, a young shipping clerk living in Algiers in the s, when it was still a French colony.
Meursault's life is dull and empty, and Meursault takes little pleasure in living.
The Stranger (Part 1, Chapter 2) Lyrics. First of all there came a family, going for their Sunday- afternoon walk; two small boys in sailor suits, with short trousers hardly down to their knees, and looking rather uneasy in their Sunday best; then a little girl with a big pink bow and black patent-leather shoes.
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"The Stranger Book 1, Chapter 3." LitCharts. Free summary and analysis of Part 1, Chapter 2 in Albert Camus's The Stranger that won't make you snore. We promise. The protagonist and narrator of The Stranger, to whom the novel's title refers. Meursault is a detached figure who views and describes much of what occurs around him from a removed position.
He is emotionally indifferent to others, even to his mother and his lover, Marie. He also refuses to adhere to the accepted moral order of society.