” But it seemed like the plague had settled in for good at its most virulent, and it took a daily toll of deaths with the punctual zeal of a good civil servant. Theoretically, and in the view of the authorities, this was a hopeful sign. The fact that the graph after its long rising curve had flattened out seemed to many, Dr. Richard for example, reassuring. ‘ The graph’s good today” he would remark rubbing his hands. To his mind the disease had reached what he called high-water mark. Thereafter it could but ebb.”
Albert Camus (1913-1960) first published “The Plague” in 1947.