Part 1, Chapter 1
* Aurora Zogoiby nee da Gama emerges and the central character of a plot that hints of family dysfunction and intrigue.
* The style of the book receives its flavor as the Moor's tale, complete with sound and fury.
* Moraes Zogoiby explains himself, expelled from his story, and on the verge of death with the unexplained specter of Vasco Miranda hanging over him.
* The extent and variety of the da Gama family business comes clear for a filthy rich family claiming descent from Vasco da Gama.
Part 1, Chapter 2
* Aurora as an adolescent begins as a shadow of the ruthless, sharp-tongued, beautiful woman who dominates the family story.
* Epifania, the grandmother, appears domineering and conniving as she rules over her dysfunctional sons and the rest of the family.
* Francisco da Gama deteriorates into a madness of confused philosophies of politics, science, and religion, eventually committing suicide.
* Quirky Camoens takes...
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