• The story begins with the narrator, Redmond, remembering an amazing story that his friend, Wallace, told him three months ago.
• Redmond believed Wallace as he told the story over dinner one night, but upon later reflection he had his doubts.
• The story then flashed back to Wallace telling his story to Redmond.
• Wallace begins by describing the melancholy state of his life.
• Redmond remembers how his friend has changed since their days together in school.
• He recalls what a woman who loved Wallace once said about him and his moods.
• Wallace had a bright career as a politician ahead of him. Redmond then reveals that Wallace died a month ago, explaining why he is reflecting on his friend's story now.
• Wallace explains that he was a lonely, precocious child raised by a distant father and servants.
• He was often left to his own devices, and while wandering...
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