At the end of Book 2 chapter 2 Camus links us back to the beginning of his tale. At this point in the story Mersault’s been jailed for five months.
I distinctly heard the sound of my own voice. I recognized it as the same one that had been ringing in my ears for many long days, and I realized that all that time I had been talking to myself. Then I remembered what the nurse at Maman’s funeral said. No, there was no way out, and no one can imagine what nights in prison are like.
What did that nurse say? I quickly flipped back to the end of Book 1 chapter 1.
She said, “If you go slowly, you risk getting sunstroke. But if you go too fast, you work up a sweat and then catch a chill inside the church.” She was right. There was no way out.
Such a sad theme for a story: No way out.