Chapter 1, "Through the Looking Glass" | Chapter 2, "May Wynn"
* Willie Keith enters Navy midshipmen's school at Columbia in order to avoid the Army.
* At his entry physical, it is discovered that he has a hollow back (lordosis).
* Willie has 2 roommates, Keefer and Keggs.
* Because of a very high draft number, Willie spends the first year of World War II playing in cocktail lounges.
* He is instantly attracted to May Wynn, who auditions at his club by singing Mozart.
* They begin a casual dating relationship. Things can never become serious since May Wynn is from a poor immigrant family.
Chapter 3, "Midshipman Keith" | Chapter 4, "Midshipman Keith in Trouble"
* Willie goes in for his second physical and is left in the exam room for eight hours.
* It seems as though the doctor is embarrassed and passes Willie.
* When Willie gets back to his room...
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