Extremely intelligent, he was uncompromising on questions of faith and

of morals, where his convictions were dogmatic and positively clear.

The boy’s heart was smitten with the absolute, utterly loyal

to his passions and capable of a charming tenderness, but

it was because he was so different, his charm being

truly exotic, that he was irresistibly drawn to adventurers and gamblers.

He was willing to go along but would not abase

himself, and finally he was never without a sure confidence,

yes a certainty, since he was guaranteed he would achieve

everything he desired; nothing would ever be impossible for him.


Paraphrases from the memoir The First Man by Albert Camus.