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  • "She needed someone to be with her all the time, and young men with jobs like yours don't get too much pay. In any case, she was much happier in the Home."
  • I don't really care...  Maman and I don't really owe each other anything...
  •  " I've had the body moved to our little mortuary-- so as not to upset the other old people, you understand."
  • Why does he assume that I understand? I don't understand why they would be upset if it doesn't affect them.
  • Hi I'm the keeper. Would you like something to drink? I am going to get you a cup of cafe au lait.
  • Hmmm... I want to smoke but I don't know if I should here.
  • Meursault arrives at the Home for Aged Persons, and meets with the home director. The director tries to comfort Meursalt, but Meursault doesn't even care enough to be comforted in the first place. This illustrates existentialism because Meursalt is numb to the emotions he "should" be feeling.
  • I'm thinking it over and it really doesn't seem to matter, so I am just going to offer him one anyways.
  • The director is thoughtful enough to explain to Meursault that his mother's body has been placed in somewhere private, to protect the decency of her and other people in the home as well. Meursault still doesn't understand why others' feelings matter, and does not get why the director felt the need to do this.
  • Are they judging me???
  • The director leaves Meursault in privacy with his mother, and the keeper enters the room. He also is kind to Meursault, and offers to get him a coffee. While to a normal person this would seem thoughtful and considerate, Meursault doesn't really care and just wants to smoke a cigarette, despite the keeper's attempts to comfort him.
  • I don't understand why the woman was crying, and it's really starting to get on my nerves.
  • "She was devoted to your mother. She says your mother was her only friend in the world, and now she's all alone."
  • Meursault wonders if it would be okay for him to smoke in this situation, but then realizes that it doesn't mater either way--nothing matters in the end. He accepts the coffee from the keeper, decides to smoke, offers a smoke to the keeper as well, and the two of them drink coffee and smoke together.
  • Maman's friends arrive at the funeral to grieve with Meursault. They all look at him with pity and sorrow, but Meursault is confused. He doesn't understand emotions, and thinks that they are judging him. While Maman's freinds are grieving, as they should be, he is unattached and indifferent to everything around him, even in situations of death.
  • One of Maman's closest friends is at the funeral and she is weeping in great despair. Meursault feels no sympathy towards the woman, and gets very annoyed with her crying. The keeper explains to him that she and Maman were close friends, but Meursault doesn't understand the concept or feeling of friendship or love himself.
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