Why does Daru give the Arab the opportunity to escape? Why doesn't he escape? Why doesn't he take the road to the Arab lands at the end of the history?

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Daru is sympathetic to the Arab prisoner and, like liberal French Algerians in general, to the Algerian independence movement, though Algeria is felt by Daru to be his own true home. He doesn't like the idea of the gendarme, Balducci, handing the prisoner over to him and, understandably, does not want to be responsible for the Arab's incarceration, because he has no way of knowing if the man is guilty of what he's been charged with.

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