In the final chapter of The Stranger, what was Merseult's perspective before and after he had a fight with the priest, leading up to his execution?
Before the priest's visit, Merseult is extremely agitated by the question of "a loophole," the problem of which "obsesses" him. He wracks his brains for a memory of an incidence when a prisoner had escaped from justice at the last moment, "the possibility of making a dash for it and defeating their bloodthirsty rite," a means of escaping the "rattrap." This thought preoccupies Merseult, and yet he also feels a "brutal certitude" that he is not going to be permitted any escape from the sentence which has been pronounced upon him. His mind dwells on the thought of public executions, and his disquiet is betrayed in the form of a "shivering fit" and chattering teeth as he allows his imagination to run wild. The narrative at this point seems to follow the stream of...
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