Chapter 1 | Chapter 2
• The narrator sets the scene. He lives in a ghetto in Paris among prostitutes, bricklayers and students.
• A landlady screams at a tenant for squashing bugs on his bedroom wall
• The narrator introduces the reader to Charlie. Charlie is from a wealthy family who has decided to live with the poor. However, he still receives money from his family.
• Charlie tells a story about a prostitute he claims to have raped. He thinks this is the definition of true love.
Chapter 3 | Chapter 4
• The narrator tells the reader how he has lived in the Coq d'Or quarter for a year and a half. He earns his money teaching English but is beginning to suffer poverty.
• The narrator loses all his English lessons and begins to fall into serious poverty.
• The narrator introduces his Russian friend Boris. He hopes Boris can find him a job.
Chapter 5 | Chapter 6
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