Section 1, Through p. 34
* Charlie Citrine writes to poet, Von Humboldt Fleisher, who invites him to visit in New York.
* The two become great friends.
* Humboldt is manic depressive.
* Humboldt marries Kathleen and moves to New Jersey.
* Citrine is living with Kimmie, who Humboldt has an affinity for.
* Humboldt is a great fan of Adlai Stevenson.
* Citrine gets a job at Princeton due to a connection Humboldt has.
* Humboldt ends up dying destitute of a heart attack at a New York hotel.
Section 2, Through p. 63
* Charlie finds his Mercedes-Benz busted up by someone with a baseball bat.
* He assumes it is Rinaldo Cantabile. Cantabile won at poker. When Charlie is told by his friend, George, that Cantabile was cheating, he puts a stop on the check.
* Cantabile arranges to meet Charlie at The Baths to get the money Charlie owes him.
* Charlie tries to warn George not to go...
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