I love washing my hands before too many people use the towel.
Mersault washing his hands at the beginning of chapter three is a significant event. He states: "I always enjoy [washing my hands] at midday. In the evening it was less pleasant, as the roller towel, after being used by so many people, was sopping wet" (Camus 30). This quote introduces an odd aspect of the narrator. It alludes to the theory that Mercault has sociopathic tendencies. He seems to get more emotion out of drying his hands with a clean towel than finding out that his mother has died.
I beat my ex- girlfriend to teach her a lesson. Then we get along again.
Another significant event in chapter three is when Raymond confesses to Mersault. Mersault says, "He beat her till the blood came... 'She'd howl a bit, and I had to shut the window. Then, of course, it ended as per usual. But this time I'm done with her'" (Camus 38). After Raymond and Mersault become friends, Raymond confides in Mersault that he beats his mistress. This is Camus' way of addressing societal problems. He addresses how abuse and female oppression are both normalized. Raymond discusses this so nonchalantly that it dramatically appalls the reader. Camus does this in hopes to attempt abuse from continual normalization.
Ok I'll write the letter to get your ex to come back
Then I'll have sex with her and dump her again!
At the end of chapter three, Mersault and Raymond create a plan to make Raymond's ex feel bad about herself. Mersault explains, "He wanted to write her a letter, 'a real stinker, that'll get her on the raw,' and at the same time make her repent of what she'd done. Then, when she came back, he'd go to bed with her and, just when she was 'properly primed up,' he'd spit in her face and throw her out of the room" (Camus 40). Camus includes this because it reveals that Raymond is not completely over his ex. He is using the excuse that "he needs to punish her" to sleep with her one more time. By throwing her out, he is reestablishing his position of dominance and stabbing her immediately after she was vulnerable with him. This is another point Camus makes to reinforce the fact that male dominance and female subservience is very prevalent in the modern world.
....Do you even love me?
That is an extraneous question. The answer is No.
The first significant event in chapter four is Mercault denying his love for Marie. "A moment later she asked me if I loved her. I said that sort of question had no meaning, really; but I supposed I didn't" (Camus 44). This event contributes to Mercault's character trait of logic. Throughout the novel, especially in the first chapter, Camus writes Mercault to be fact-oriented and emotionless. As the reader sees Mercault court Marie, the reader believes that Mercault must love her. But, this exchange proves that he does not. He has maintained his logic-based appeal to every situation and protects himself from projecting love.
Get someone good to represent you because this abuse will become public knowledge!
Another major event in chapter four is when Raymond falls again into the cycle of abuse. Camus writes, "Meanwhile the girl went on sobbing and repeating: 'He hit me, the coward. He's a pimp' ... [the policeman said] 'You ought to be ashamed of yourself' (Camus 46). Camus includes this event to make the reader dislike Raymond. He is highlighting the fact that Raymond is an abusive, oppressive male. After he beats the woman, he denies it and doesn't feel bad in the slightest for what he did.
This reminds me of my mother.... wait no it doesn't I'm not weak!
This is an essential event in The Stranger that contributes to Mercault's character. Mercault states, "For some reason, I don't know what, I began thinking of mother. But I had to get up early the next day; so as I wasn't feeling hungry, I did without supper, and went straight to bed" (Camus 50). When Mercault hears Salamano crying, he is reminded of his mother. Camus includes this because it strengthens Mercault's logic trait. But, it also shows that he is grieving from his mother; he just doesn't want to show it. Mercault is struggling with his mother's death, clearly. He prefers to shield his emotions and prevent anyone from becoming too close with him. For example, Marie: she feels she is getting emotionally close with him, but it is merely a physical connection. Mercault is using Marie for entertainment, something to do. Not because he truly cares for her.