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“One by one the stars fell into the sea, the sky drained of its last lights.”

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source: Notebook IX, in Albert Camus: Notebooks 1951–1959, trans. by Ryan Bloom (Chicago, IL: Ivan R. Dee, 2008), 244.

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“Tomorrow when the farm boys find this
freak of nature, they will wrap his body
in newspaper and carry him to the museum.

But tonight he is alive and in the north
field with his mother. It is a perfect
summer evening: the moon rising over
the orchard, the wind in the grass.
And as he stares into the sky, there
are twice as many stars as usual.”

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source: “The Two-headed Calf,” in The Hocus-Pocus of the Universe (Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1977), 59.

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“Human speech is like a cracked tin kettle, on which we hammer out tunes to make bears dance when we long to move the stars.”

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source: Madame Bovary (London: W. W. Gibbings, 1901), 210.

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