In chapter three of The Stranger, we observe the abusive relationship between Salamano and his dog. Salamano beats his dog and verbally abuses it. One would think that he does not appreciate or care for his dog, but we see a change in Salamano in the next few chapters. In chapter four, Meursault runs into Salamano. Salamano could not find his dog, and he looked confused and upset. He immediately shares his concerns with Meursault, and shows that he truly does care for his lost dog. I found this section very interesting. Back in chapter three when we view the relationship between Salamano and his dog, everybody would think that he does not care for his dog. Then in chapter four, when Salamano cannot find his dog, we see that he is truly lost without it. There seems to be a repeating theme of bad relationships in this book. Like I have mentioned, Salamano has an abusive relationship with his dog. Meursault had a distant relationship with his mother as well. Also, Raymond has a violent relationship with his mistress. These strange relationships make me believe that there are bad relationships with those that are closest to each other. I think that as the story continues and Meursault builds stronger relationsips with Raymond and Marie, their frienship will move downhill. As a result, Meursault may be alone and considered a "stranger."