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Meursault rarely shows any feeling when in situations which would, for most people, bring out strong emotions. Throughout the vigil, watching over his mother's dead body, and at her funeral, he never cries. He is, further, shown enjoying a cup of coffee with milk and having a smoke with a caretaker standing over her dead body, "Than he offered to bring me a cup of coffee with milk. I like milk in my coffee, so I said yes, and he came back a few minutes with a tray. I drank the coffee than I felt like having a smoke. But I hesitated, because I didn't know if I could with Maman right there. I thought about it; it didn't matter"(pg.8). The following day, after his mother's funeral, he goes to the beach and meets a former friend named Marie Cardona. They swim, go to a movie, and then spend the night together. Later in their relationship, Marie asks Meursault if he wants to marry her. "That evening Marie came by to see me and asked me if I wanted to marry her. I said I didn't make any difference to me and we could if she wanted to.
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