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
* August in England...
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