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The sun glinted off Raymonds gun as he handed it to me But we just stood there motionless as if everything had closed in around us We started at each other without blinking and everything came to a stop there between the sea the sand and the sun and the double silence of the flute and the water It was then that I realized that you could either shoot or not shoot But all of a sudden the Arabs backing away slipped behind the rock So Raymond and I turned and headed back the way wed come He seemed better and talked about the bus back 56 This passage in Albert Camus The Stranger translated by Matthew Ward discusses some of the events that eventually lead up to Meursaults shooting of the Arab mainly the unveiling of Raymonds gun It begins with Raymond pulling out his gun that he intends to use or have Meursault use to shoot the Arab Camus describes the gun very powerfully saying that the two men stand around it motionless as if everything had closed in around them This description gives the gun a power over the humans who seemed to be in awe of this object Camus continues with his description of their reaction by saying We stared at each other without blinking and everything came to a stop there between the sea the sand and the sun and the double silence of the flute and the water This description shows how the two men are now complexly enveloped in the power of the gun drowning out the nature around them It seems that they have quietly without words understood the guns power and somewhat foresee what is about to unfold Meursault then says to himself It was then that I realized that you could either shoot or not shoot This is an extremely interesting line because Meursault presents it as if there was no difference between the
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