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The Plague Chapter Summary & Analysis - Part 2: Chapter 1 Summary

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Part 2: Chapter 1 Summary

The effects of being suddenly shut off from the rest of the world begin to be felt by the citizens. Because the gates were shut before the announcement was made, those who are out of town cannot get back in, and those who are caught inside cannot get out. Many who are separated from their loved ones apply for special consideration, but none can be made. They cannot even write or receive letters.

At first, the telephone can be used to establish contact; however, this leads to such crowding of the phone booths and delays on the lines that even that means of communication is lost except for urgent cases such as death, marriage, and birth. Telegrams become the only means available for exchanging messages.

No one is willing to try to calculate how long the plague will last. The townspeople live in a sort...

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