Sense and Nonsense: Diversity and Friendship

Opinion by Aysha Bagchi
Jan. 7, 2011, 12:28 a.m.

Sense and Nonsense: Diversity and FriendshipIn Albert Camus’s “The Plague,” Dr. Rieux and Tarrou develop a close bond with each other while working tirelessly to combat the spreading disease in their town. At the end of a long day, they find themselves alone together on an empty terrace and Tarrou asks Rieux: “Rieux, have you never tried to find out who I am? Do you see me as a friend?” Rieux responds saying yes, they are friends, but amid all their work they have not yet had time to better understand each other. Tarrou asks, then, that they make this time on the terrace their “hour of friendship.” He proceeds to tell Rieux his life story, emphasizing the experiences that led him to this town and motivate him to combat the plague. For one fleeting hour, he tries to be seen by his fri