Chapter 1, Part 1
• The story opens on Christmas morning in Gibbsville, Pennsylvania, in 1930.
• Irma Fliegler looks out her window and thinks how much she detests the Jewish people who have moved in across the street.
• Irma hopes that prosperity will return soon so she can join the country club with her husband, Lute.
Chapter 1, Part 2
• The upper class men of Gibbsville are meeting and drinking in the smoking room of the Lantenengo Country Club.
• Since it is the Prohibition Era, most people must buy liquor by buying drug store rye on prescription.
• A few big spenders like Julian English are able to afford Scotch and have the connections to get it.
• An Irish Catholic man named Harry Reilly is telling a story to a group of men and Julian wants to throw a drink in his face but refrains.
• The narrator later reveals that Julian has thrown a drink...
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