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Between Yes and No Albert Camuss Between Yes and No has a strong sense of overhanging gloom about it that is accompanied with a sense of content reflection He thanks his mother for her devotion in a simple way that shows his appreciation His choice of accepting of life is also evident due to his implied content state A Moorish caf is the setting for Camuss reveries The room he is in is empty and the wallpaper is dull and monotonous The owner is huddled in a corner full of self-pity while a stove in the center gives off a flame the heats Camuss face Outside is the bay A foghorn blows and a lighthouse turns on and begins to rotate to guide the ship to its final destination As Camus begins to get comfortable he begins to recollect past events that have a major impact on his life His neighborhood is a poor one and his apartment building is very small He has walked up the stairs so many times that he has memorized them to a point where he could navigate them with his eyes closed Many nights of his childhood that he spends outside with his mother gazing at the sky while a drunk on the corner sings his melody His mother thinks of nothing and sits blankly Previously his mother lived with her husband until he died in combat She was forced to accept the humiliation of having to move back in with her mother in her old house Camus comes back to the present for a moment and then plunges back into the past Now his mother sits on a balcony and is attacked from behind She is sent to a hospital where Camus arrives shortly He spends a restless night in the hospital with his mother and begins to understand how much his mother has sacrificed for him During Camuss first reverie
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