“Thus week by week the prisoners of the plague put up what fight they could. Some like Rambert, even contrived to fancy they will still behaving as free men and had the power of choice. But actually, it would have been truer to say that by this time, mid-August, the plague had swallowed up everything, and everyone, No longer were there individual destinies: only a collective destiny, made of plague and the emotions shared by all. Strangest of these emotions was the sense of exile and of deprivation, with all the cross-currents of revolt and fear set up by these.”
Albert Camus (1913-60) first published “The Plague:” in 1947.