* Part 1, The Call: Chapter 1, In Which the Hero Is Introduced and Receives a Blow
* Raleigh and Mingo are having lunch at the Lotus House.
* Raleigh's fortune cookie message says he will fall to pieces by the end of the month.
* Mingo's fortune cookies message says that his wife is having an affair with his best friend.
* Neither man takes the cookie prediction seriously. Someone has replaced the mundane messages with negative ones.
* Raleigh lives and works in Thermopylae.
* Raleigh is an insurance salesman with an office on the twelfth floor of the Forbes Building.
* Raleigh's secretary is Bonnie Ellen.
* Mingo works at the Knox-Bury clothing store.
* Mingo and his wife, Vera, have weight issues. Mingo is obese while Vera is voluptuous, but only after having her mouth wired shut to help her lose weight...
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