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In "The Stranger", what is Meursault's dream-like experience beginning on page 9? What is happening?

On Page 9 in chapter 1

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Mersault has been dozing, and he's heard voices moving in and out of his subconscious. The voices belong to his mother's friends; they're showing their respect, and yet Mersault in incapable of feeling or displaying emotion. It's dreamlike because it's really happening; he is simply detached.


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