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Albert Camus

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Although the narrator notes that Tarrou's journal seems less objective than before, he still uses it as a reference. The journal reveals that with the plague on its way out, Cottard is worried that things will go back to the way were. He will again be worried about arrest. As Tarrou and Cottard discuss this, two men approach and ask for Cottard's name. Cottard runs off.

Analysis

Even though the spitting man has stopped turning up, Tarrou thinks about him. He wonders if the spitting man is a saint and decides that he might not be a saint, exactly, but his "mild, benevolent diabolism" was an "approximation" of sainthood. This may be the closest thing Tarrou gets to an answer to his question of sainthood.

The narrator observes that Tarrou's diary becomes less objective, and in it Tarrou claims to be tired, a condition that seems to be echoed in his statement that he is afraid of that "a certain hour of the day" when "man's courage is at its lowest." These changes in Tarrou are clues to the fact that he is coming down with plague; he will now face death first hand.

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