Narrative Medicine Book Club: April 24, 2020

In today’s pages we see the conclusion of Paneloux’s second sermon, and then his death following soon after. In his sermon he argues that “there is no middle way” — you cannot accept only certain aspects of the plague, of evil, but rather you “one must believe everything or deny everything.” As Tarrou says: “When innocence has its eyes gouged out, a Christian must lose his faith or accept the gouging out of eyes.” How fascinating, to juxtapose this sermon, so different from his first, with the priest’s death immediately after, a “doubtful case” of the plague. What is Camus doing here, with this death for Panaloux? 

FOR TOMORROW: Read section 5 of Part IV. 

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