Part 1, Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6
• Nicholas is a self-involved child and disinterested teacher.
• He is in a relationship with Alison, but realizes that he is lying to her and using her.
• Nicholas is searching for a job and decides to accept a position at a private boy's school in Greece.
• When he arrives, he meets his predecessor who tells him that the island is dull and about a mysterious man who isn't dull and collaborated with the Nazi's in WWII.
• Alison decides to train to be an airline stewardess and hopes to visit Nicholas in Greece at the first opportunity.
• Nicholas decides to break up with Alison and finds it to be an unexpected bonus.
Part 1, Chapters 7, 8 and 9
• Nicholas arrives in Greece and is captivated with the landscape, light and atmosphere.
• He loses even more interest in his relationship with Alison and eventually they stop corresponding altogether.
• Nicholas is not...
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