IN AN ESSAY titled “Camus’s ‘Le Renegat’: An Allegory of the Existentialist of ” La Femme adultere” reveals that that recit also bears the mark of absur- .. Stirling, Elwyn F. “Albert Camus’s Adulterous Woman: A Consent to Dissolution. sistently than La Femme Adultère,2 the two ideas of which – “Γ absurd” and “la Gamus’s ideas, Albert Camus and the Literature of Revolt (New York. ). Albert Camus’s Adulterous Woman: A Consent to Dissolution. Elwyn F. Sterling. Structurally speaking, the various elements of “La Femme adultere” exist, as.

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Yvars cycles home, admiring the darkening sea. By the end of the story, Janine is only guilty of the thought but it is not clear if she will take further action on her frustration or if she is prepared to go back to how things were before and accept her life.

Janine welcomes the soldier’s attention and this reinforces Janine’s opinion that she can still be attractive to men but feels dejected when later nothing comes of it. And there is a third sense of exile, biographically specific to Camus, whose life was stricken when his homeland, Algeria, rose up in revolt against French colonialism and the untroubled paradise of his boyhood memories ceased to exist, becoming instead a site of murder and torture, which it was now very dangerous to return to.

But Gilbert sits every day in his loft, oblivious to the world around him, his eyes glazed over, now reduced to complete inactivity, staring blankly at an empty canvas all day long. He is on the path east to Tinguit, presumably to hand himself in. Instead Daru shows the Arab two alternative routes: He is caught up in the conflict whether he wants to or not, regardless of what he does.

Looks like he was wrong on all counts. Early in the story, Janine reflects on her adolescence and the period when she met her husband and the choice she had at that time between security and independence.

Everywhere else, he felt exiled. His love made her real. This is contrary to Hemingway rules and also to good English style.

Through the broad windows a clean, fresh light began to fill the shed. But as word gets around fashionable Paris, critics and society ladies drop by his little apartment, followed by disciples asking his opinion of their work, the phone is ringing all the time with invitations to lunch or dinner, his wife produces one, two, three babies who are parked around the flat, bawling continuously, until Gilbert is living in a state of siege.


One novel which is not set in Algeria, The Fallset in Amsterdam and initially intended as another story in Exile and the Kingdomis similarly lacking in any native Dutch characters.

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The French authorities try to drag him into the conflict. At this point the narrative becomes increasingly aduotere and sensual as Janine runs around the fort feeling charged with life, eventually ending up lying on her back beneath the stars. At the beginning of the story, Janine is described as basing her existence on her husband, that is, he needs her and so she has a reason to exist.

Drunk and unfaithful, his output tails off, until a tear-stricken scene with the faithful Louise reveals all and he promises to reform. Daru behaves decently if gruffly.

In the last few sentences Janine retraces her steps to the cheap hotel, slips back into bed beside Marcel, who wakes up to find her weeping inconsolably. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Contrary to the title, at no point audltere Janine commit any physical act of adultery. At the end of the day the owner returns to the workshop to say a very pale and listless goodbye. He asks to be taken to the miserably impoverished Negro quarter and into a typically squalid hut.

Rule one is for each sentence to contain only one declarative statement, with one main verb and no subordinate clauses. Then, straining his eyes, he realises he can make out the figure of the Arab amid the vast stony waste of the desert.

You will pay for this. Once back at the hotel, Marcel falls asleep in their room.

On one occasion a native woman enters and apparently offers herself to him sexually, which he is beginning to act on when the Sorcerer and other tribesmen enter, beat him up and then tear out his tongue, making him pass out with pain. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. His agent calls to say sales are falling off and he will have to reduce his monthly stipend to Gilbert.


But not to his former life. He allows himself to be married to sweet Louise who loves him with a selfless devotion, and they move into a cramped apartment characterised by an enormous studio with high windows.

This page was last edited on 19 Decemberat For the Biblical passage, see Jesus and the woman taken in adultery. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. It is factual, descriptive, minimal, and yet pregnant with meaning.

It is the first short story published in the volume Exile and the Kingdom by Albert Camus. The humid air was heavy.

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Suddenly his ordeal and his promise seem important to the Frenchman. Then the war came with its privations. Marcel is a merchant and Janine is his assistant.

Yonder, in Europe, there was shame and wrath. Supposedly you can chip bits off the statue as relics, as good luck charms, and the stone regrows. There is a sweet kindness in every sentence and in the entire sentiment which is missing from pretty much everything else Camus published. The next sentence could begin something like: The Arab appears puzzled by this kindness but, after some hesitation, eats.

A quick search of the internet reveals that there is an online Hemingway app. How pleasant is the sound of a rifle butt on the face of goodness…. He came out to Algeria to preach the Word of God.

Marcel especially, displays disdain and distrust for the Arabs; neither he nor Janine have bothered to learn Arabic and whenever Marcel speaks to or about a native Algerian it is to express his disapproval. He is 40 now, married to Fernande and they have a school-age son. Contemporary readers had no difficulty reading it as a comment on the by now three years-old Algerian War which started in He dashes off to fetch an ambulance, which arrives soon after.