Chapter 1* Wilhelm visits the newsstand and learns his father is already at breakfast without him. * Wilhelm has been speculating in the stock market with Tamkin. * Wilhelm fell for the pitch of a Hollywood talent scout and tried to be an actor. He gave up after seven years. * Wilhelm longs to do something better with his life.
Chapter 2* Wilhelm gets a bill from the hotel for the monthly rent, but he does not have enough money to pay the bill. * Wilhelm feels that his father, Dr. Adler, would just like to be rid of him and his sister, Catherine. * In the mail, Wilhelm receives a complaint from his estranged wife that he sent her a postdated check. * Wilhelm joins Dr. Adler and Mr. Perls for breakfast and they talk about his former job, money, and Tamkin.
Chapter 3* Mr. Perls leaves and Wilhelm and Dr. Adler continue the conversation. Dr...
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