Chapter abstracts are short descriptions of events that occur in each chapter. They highlight major plot events and detail the important relationships and characteristics of characters and objects. The Chapter Abstracts can be used to review what the students have read, or to prepare the students for what they will read. Hand the abstracts out in class as a study guide, or use them as a "key" for a class discussion. They are relatively brief, but can serve to be an excellent refresher of the text for either a student or teacher.
Commissions, Part I Abstract
* The novel opens with a mad scientist, Isaac, in bed with his insect wife Lin. Outside, the streets are buzzing with open air markets and the noise of the morning. Lin asks Isaac to buy her some pigment for her paintings, and the two begin making love.
* At work, Isaac is a...
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