Explain why the following selection from The Stranger is important:     "I had been looking at the stones in these walls for months. There wasn’t anything or anyone in the world I knew better....

Explain why the following selection from The Stranger is important:  
 
"I had been looking at the stones in these walls for months. There wasn’t anything or anyone in the world I knew better. Maybe at one time, way back, I had searched for a face in them. But the face I was looking for was as bright as the sun and the flame of desire—and it belonged to Marie".  (part 2, chapter 5) 
 
What ideas, conflicts or themes are represented and how are they framed or resolved elsewhere in the text? How does the specific wording of the passage convey meaning?

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There is much in way of meaning within the excerpt from Camus's The StrangerIts meaning can be set against some of the thoughts that the Priest offers earlier to him:

Every stone here sweats with suffering, I know that. I have never looked at them without a feeling of anguish. But deep in my heart I know that the most wretched among have seen a divine face emerge from their darkness. That is the face you are asked to see.

In Mersault's response, his rejection of conventional totality is evident.  The claims of the divine are posited to Mersault, something that he simply repudiates with his notion that there was nothing within the stones that he...

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