During what month does Meursault's trial begin?

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As was mentioned in the previous post, Meursault's trial for murdering the Arab is set to take place at the end of June. At the beginning of Part 2, Chapter Three, Meursault mentions that his case is one of the last sessions of the Assize Court, which are due to end sometime in June. Meursault does not specify the exact date of his trial but mentions that it was brilliantly sunny outside on his first day in court. Meursault is not really interested in his defense, and both his lawyer and the magistrate take offense at his indifference concerning his crime and the death of his mother. Meursault earns the nickname "Monsieur Antichrist" because of his insensitive, callous nature. Meursault's emotionless state and indifference hurt his defense throughout his trial. 

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In The Stranger, Meursault's trial for the murder of the Arab begins in June. This is shown in the opening paragraph of Part 2, Chapter Three, in which Meursault says:

My case was down for the last sessions of the Assize Court, and those sessions were due to end some time in June.

Meursault does not give an exact date for his trial. Instead, he says that the day is one of "brilliant sunshine" and that his trial is expected to last two or three days. 

At the end of the previous chapter, Meursault informs us that he has spent six months in jail but, to him, it feels like "one and the same day." During this time, he has been questioned over and over by his lawyer and the examining magistrate, he has learned to live without Marie and to sleep for most of the day in his cell. Time has become an abstract concept for Meursault and this feeling is intensified as he awaits the legal decision which will determine the rest of his life. 

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