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The Stranger | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • A summer Friday, 1940s

    Meursault attends Maman's funeral, but he is unaffected by it.

    Part 1, Chapter 1
  • Saturday

    Meursault becomes sexually involved with Marie.

    Part 1, Chapter 2
  • Monday

    Raymond asks Meursault, who complies, to write a letter to his disloyal Arab mistress.

    Part 1, Chapter 3
  • Next Friday

    Marie asks Meursault to marry her; he agrees although he does not love her.

    Part 1, Chapter 5
  • Next Sunday

    Raymond confronts the Arab and gives gun to Meursault, who later shoots and kills the Arab.

    Part 1, Chapter 6
  • About a week later

    Magistrate questions Meursault and is frustrated that Meursault is an atheist.

    Part 2, Chapter 1
  • About a year later

    Prosecutor makes case against Meursault based on how he acted at Maman's funeral.

    Part 2, Chapter 3
  • Next day

    Jury sentences Meursault to death.

    Part 2, Chapter 4
  • Weeks later

    Chaplain tries to convert Meursault; Meursault reaffirms his views.

    Part 2, Chapter 5

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Part 1, Chapter 1 The Stranger is narrated in the first person by the main character Meursault. He lives in Algiers, Algeria, a French col... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 2 Meursault for a moment forgets that it is Saturday morning. He realizes his boss seemed annoyed at him for taking time o... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 3 Meursault works in his office and takes a lunch break, during which he and co-worker Emmanuel run after a truck and jump... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 4 During the week, Meursault works and goes to the movies twice with Emmanuel. On Saturday, Meursault and Marie go to a be... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 5 While at work Meursault talks to Raymond on the phone. They make plans to spend Sunday with friends of Raymond at a beac... Read More
Part 1, Chapter 6 On Sunday morning, Marie wakes Meursault, but he has trouble shaking his sleepiness. Nonetheless, Marie is excited about... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 1 After Meursault is arrested, the examining magistrate questions him. At first, this questioning seems fairly pleasant to... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 2 On the day of his arrest, Meursault is placed in a cell with Arabs, who show Meursault how to roll a mat to make a pillo... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 3 In a courtroom Meursault attends his trial, which takes place on a hot summer day. He notices the jury, which appear as ... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 4 In the courtroom, Meursault listens to the final speeches of the prosecutor and the defense attorney. During these speec... Read More
Part 2, Chapter 5 In his prison cell, Meursault fantasizes about somehow disappearing or breaking through the police guards. He scolds him... Read More
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