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Part 1, Chapter 5: Summary and Analysis

Part I, Chapter 5 Summary

Raymond calls Meursault at work to invite him to a friend's beach house that Sunday. Marie can come, too. Raymond also says that he's being followed by a group of Arabs. He wants Meursault to keep his eyes open for them. Meursault agrees.

A little later, Meursault's boss says that he's thinking of opening an office in Paris and would like Meursault to run it. This would mean a promotion and a chance to leave Algiers and go to Paris; but Meursault doesn't really want to go. His boss takes issue with his response, but Meursault has let go of his ambitions and isn't that interested in the job.

Marie comes over that night and asks Meursault if he would marry her. He says if that's what she wants, then yes, but it doesn't matter to him either way. If he happened to love another woman as much as Marie, he would say the same thing to her. It makes no difference. For some reason, this satisfies Marie, and they go for a walk around town before she has to leave.

Meursault has dinner at Céleste's, where a woman sits at his table, but doesn't speak to him. After dinner, he follows her for a while out of vague curiosity and boredom. Later, Salamano comes to visit, and Meursault offers his condolences about the dog, which may well have...

(The entire section is 435 words.)