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    Aujourd'hui, maman est morte. Ou peut-être hier, je ne sais pas. J'ai reçu un télégramme de l'asile : « Mère décédée. Enterrement demain. Sentiments distingués. » Cela ne veut rien dire. C'était peut-être hier.

    L'asile de vieillards est à Marengo, à quatre-vingts kilomètres d'Alger. Je prendrai l'autobus à deux heures et j'arriverai dans l'après-midi. Ainsi, je pourrai veiller et je rentrerai demain soir. J'ai demandé deux jours de congé à mon patron et il ne pouvait pas me les refuser avec une excuse pareille. Mais il n'avait pas l'air content. Je lui ai même dit : « Ce n'est pas de ma faute. » Il n'a pas répondu. J'ai pensé alors que je n'aurais pas dû lui dire cela. En somme, je n'avais pas à m'excuser. C'était plutôt à lui de me présenter ses con-doléances. Mais il le fera sans doute après-demain, quand il me verra en deuil. Pour le moment, c'est un peu comme si maman n'était pas morte. Après l'enterrement, au contraire, ce sera une affaire classée et tout aura revêtu une allure plus officielle.

    J'ai pris l'autobus à deux heures. Il faisait très chaud. J'ai mangé au restaurant, chez Céleste, comme d'habitude. Ils avaient tous beau-coup de peine pour moi et Céleste m'a dit : « On n'a qu'une mère. » Quand je suis parti, ils m'ont accompagné à la porte. J'étais un peu étourdi parce qu'il a fallu que je monte chez Emmanuel pour lui em-prunter une cravate noire et un brassard. Il a perdu son oncle, il y a quelques mois.

    J'ai couru pour ne pas manquer le départ. Cette hâte, cette course, c'est à cause de tout cela sans doute, ajouté aux cahots, à l'odeur d'essence, à la réverbération de la route et du ciel, que je me suis assoupi. J'ai dormi pendant presque tout le trajet. Et quand je me suis réveillé, j'étais tassé contre un militaire qui m'a souri et qui m'a demandé si je venais de loin. J'ai dit « oui » pour n'avoir plus à parler.

    L'asile est à deux kilomètres du village. J'ai fait le chemin à pied. J'ai voulu voir maman tout de suite. Mais le concierge m'a dit qu'il fal-lait que je rencontre le directeur. Comme il était occupé, j'ai attendu un peu. Pendant tout ce temps, le concierge a parlé et ensuite, j'ai vu le directeur : il m'a reçu dans son bureau. C'était un petit vieux, avec la Légion d'honneur. Il m'a regardé de ses yeux clairs. Puis il m'a serré la main qu'il a gardée si longtemps que je ne savais trop comment la retirer. Il a consulté un dossier et m'a dit : « Mme Meursault est entrée ici il y a trois ans. Vous étiez son seul soutien. » J'ai cru qu'il me reprochait quelque chose et j'ai commencé à lui expliquer. Mais il m'a interrompu : « Vous n'avez pas à vous justifier, mon cher enfant. J'ai lu le dossier de votre mère. Vous ne pouviez subvenir à ses besoins. Il lui fallait une garde. Vos salaires sont modestes. Et tout compte fait, elle était plus heureuse ici. » J'ai dit : « Oui, monsieur le Directeur. » Il a ajouté : « Vous savez, elle avait des amis, des gens de son âge. Elle pouvait partager avec eux des intérêts qui sont d'un autre temps. Vous êtes jeune et elle devait s'ennuyer avec vous. »

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    Foucault me baby, one more time.

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    I can't, I already Camus.

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    Ron is actually scaring me today.
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    So it turns out Jesus is a LOT like cr***

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    Oh how I wish I could read French.

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    Quote Originally Posted by amyzzz View Post
    Ron is actually scaring me today.

    I just like my new pc and camera so I have been on more than usual lately. Note clip cr****

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    Quote Originally Posted by algunz View Post
    Oh how I wish I could read French.
    Today, mom died. Or possibly yesterday, I don't know. I received a telegram from the home: 'Mother deceased. Burial tomorrow. Sincerest condolences.' That means nothing. It could have been yesterday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    he says sexuality has become an important topic to understand and manipulate for the purpose of nation building. Through categorization of sexuality, the idea of repression was born. While he agrees sexuality has become much more controlled, he equates it to necessity. Furthermore, it is through psychiatric and medical discourse on sexuality that it has become repressed.
    Hence the Modern Family: far from being a caring, nurturing institution, is in reality a dark arena for strategizing, where people play continuous selfish games with each other. Out of this struggle came stability in society, but a bleak and limited existence for all the individuals involved.

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    The alternative is tribalism.

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    Absurdism is what keeps this board alive.

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    This board is alive?

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    The old folks' home is in Marengo, 45 kilometers from Algiers. I'll take the 2 o'clock bus and get there in the afternoon. Thus I will be able to watch and come home tomorrow night. I asked my boss for two days off and he couldnt' say no for a reason like this. But he didn't seem happy. I also told him, "It's not my fault." He didn't answer. I thought then that I didn't need to say anything more to him about it. In short, I didn't have to apologize. Instead he should have given me his condolences. He probably will tomorrow when I mourn. Right now it's almost like mother isn't even dead. After the burial, though, it will be a done deal and everything will look more official.

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    It's funny the way these translations keep happening to you. I wonder what tomorrow will bring.

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    You're turning into fullonidle.

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    You're turning into somebody who doesn't understand my jokes.

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    Touche'.

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    Tom, what's up with the attempts at marking the accent aigu with an apostrophe? Touché, Beyoncé.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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    I am glad you didn't try to "correct" the accents in your quotes from L’Étranger in that fashion.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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    Tom, what's up with the attempts at marking the accent aigu with an apostrophe? Touché, Beyoncé.
    I was thinking the same thing...but I don't know how to use the accent on my keyboard.
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    So it turns out Jesus is a LOT like cr***

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    Quote Originally Posted by mountmccabe View Post
    Tom, what's up with the attempts at marking the accent aigu with an apostrophe? Touché, Beyoncé.
    I'm too lazy to type alt-130.

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    That's a really odd half (if that) measure, is what I'm saying.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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    Odd? how so?

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    Back when I had to type French papers on a typewriter that's how we all did it.

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    well either that or write it in in pen on the typewritten document. not an option here.

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    Damn you're old.
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    So it turns out Jesus is a LOT like cr***

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    Quote Originally Posted by TomAz View Post
    well either that or write it in in pen on the typewritten document. not an option here.
    My screen has all kinds of pen marks on it.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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    Mine has all kinds of different marks on it.

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    Also if the search function here wasn't a piece of shit I'd link to various times you have used the words "touche" or "Beyonce" or whatever without any accents.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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    I am flattered you keep such a close eye on my typing habits, John.

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    Touchy.
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    If you can't make the deadline you cant make the deadline. I didn't stop playing pokemon last night for nothing.

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