Part 1: Chapter 1
• The Algerian/French port of Oran is described.
• The story's narrator is introduced.
Part 1: Chapter 2
• Dr. Bernard Rieux finds a dead rat in his apartment building and asks the concierge to dispose of it.
• Dr. Rieux's wife leaves the city for tuberculosis treatment elsewhere.
• He reassures the magistrate M. Othon, who is worried about the rats.
• Dr. Rieux's mother arrives to stay with him.
• Journalist Raymond Rambert calls on Rieux .
• The concierge becomes very ill abd dies in hospital.
• Dr. Rieux is called out by Joseph Grand, who has prevented the hanging suicide of his neighbor, M. Cottard.
• The rats disappear.
Part 1: Chapter 3
• The plague spreads.
• There is panic in Oran.
• Dr. Rieux asks Jean Tarrou to keep a journal to document the plague.
• Tarrou's journal gives information about Rieux.
Part 1: Chapter 4
• Cottard is questioned about his suicide attempt.
• Rieux describes his...
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