Chapter 1, Part 1 | Chapter 1, Part 2* Seeing people running by his window, Yakov joins the crowd and learns that a young boy's murdered body has been found. * Rumors are circulating that a Jew killed the child. * These events make Yakov uneasy, as Yakov is a Jew living in hiding in an area forbidden to Jews. * Five months earlier, Yakov's wife ran off with another man and Yakov announced his plan to move to Kiev to begin a new life. Shmuel begs Yakov not to go. * As Yakov travels, a wheel on the wagon breaks and then another breaks. Yakov piles his possessions on the horse's back and continues on to the river.
Chapter 1, Part 3 | Chapter 2, Part 1* At the river, a boatman offers to row Yakov across for a ruble. * Yakov doesn't want to pay the boatman or part with his horse. The boatman, however, convinces Yakov that the bridge is...
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