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Daru is a man of mixed heritage that is happiest living away from the conflicting sides that pull at him constantly One side wants him to be this and the other wants him to be that After the war he has chosen to isolate himself so that he can avoid choices that cause him pain Daru is satisfied with his life until an unexpected guest arrives Daru refuses to make a choice by doing so he feels that he will not be faced with the consequences that arrive from choice Daru has managed to maintain neutrality by keeping himself isolated Daru makes an effort to move away from people so that he will not be divided about his loyalties He had requested a post in the little town at the base of the foothills separating the upper plateaus from the desert Camus 117 The place of his birth knowing that scant peoples live or travel through the area He has made a few acquaintances with those that work and travel this isolated area he is respected for being an honest man The gendarme Balducci arrives one afternoon bringing with him a government prisoner The schoolmaster was watching the two men climb towards him Camus 113 Daru is disjointed at the sight of the French gendarme leading a tied Arab prisoner into his schoolhouse As Daru and Balducci discuss the Arab he asks for him to be untied His crime is horrible and it makes Daru hate all men at that moment Balducci than informs Daru that he has orders to leave the Arab with him telling Daru what he is to do with him The orders Im not Daru hesitated not wanting to hurt the old Corsican I mean thats not my job Camus 115 At this point Daru is surprised he tries to avoid a conflict Daru tells Balducci that he does not want this responsibility Then Ill wait for
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