Part 1, Chapter 1* John Singer and Spiros Antanopoulos are two men who are deaf and mute who share an apartment in a small town in the deep South. * After ten years together Antonapoulos begins having strange behavior and is sometimes arrested. * Antonapoulos's cousin has him committed to an insane asylum. * Depressed because his friend is gone, Singer moves to a new apartment closer to the center of the community.
Part 1, Chapter 2* Biff and Alice Brannon own the New York Cafe, a central meeting place for many of the main characters in the story. * The two disagree about many things, but especially one strange patron, Jake Blount. * Jake Blount not only owes them money, he drinks too much and is often disruptive to other patrons. * Blount seems to be trying to share an important message with the patrons, but because he is so drunk most people can't figure out what...
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