The Speech for the Defense
• Gerald (Gerry) introduces the story as a five-year sojourn made by himself and his family to the Greek island of Corfu.
• While in Corfu the family is young. Larry is twenty-three, Leslie nineteen, Margo eighteen, and Gerry ten.
• Gerry is not sure of his mother's age, as she cannot remember her date of birth.
• At his mother's prompting, Gerry explains that she is a widow.
• Gerry gives special thanks to his family and friends for their contributions to his book.
• Gerry gives a special tribute to his mother, to whom he dedicates this book.
• Gerry sends his mother crates of animals, including two pelicans, one of whom gives his mother a bit of trouble.
• Gerry inserts a special note that all anecdotes about the island and islanders are true, as anything can happen on Corfu.
Part I: Prologue, The Migration
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