what exactly does Meursault wish for in the last sentence of the novel?
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The line goes, "I had only to wish that there be a large crowd of spectators the day of my execution and that they greet me with cries of hate." Meursault's refusal to renounce anything he has done plays heave in his existential attitude about life. As his mother was ready to start a new life (after dying), so is he. It is ironic that a Frenchmen should actually be put to death over the killing of an Arab under French law. Meursault's indifferent attitude to everything in life, especially religion, sent people over the edge. For Meursault the sun still shines whether he is dead or not. He would find all this emotion at his execution amusing.