* Arthur Ganate, also called Banate by the author, meets the main character, Bardamu, at a cafe on Place Clichy in Paris.
* The two characters discuss the people of Paris and how they roam the streets acting like they know where they are going.
* They talk about how President Poincare is inaugurating a dog show that day.
* Ganate/Banate and Bardamu disagree about the virtues of the French race.
* Ganate/Banate speaks of the importance of love.
* Bardamu recites his prayer of social vengeance called, The Golden Wings!
* Ganate/Banate calls Bardamu an anarchist and Bardamu agrees.
* The two discuss war.
* Bardamu joins a passing military parade and inadvertently enlists in the army.
* Bardamu is thrown headlong into the war, wondering why the Germans and French are fighting at all.
* A nervous messenger tells the colonel that Sergeant Barousse is dead.
* The colonel asks the messenger where...
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