Act 1, Scene 1
• The play opens in Oxford, England in the 1950s.
• C.S. Lewis enters with a newspaper.
• Lewis addresses the audience, discussing the topics of love, pain, and suffering.
• He suggests that suffering breaks through the selfishness of our natures.
• He argues that this life is a mere shadow of the next.
Act 1, Scene 2
• Lewis joins his brother and some friends at an Oxford college dining hall.
• Warnie, Lewis' brother, has had too much to drink.
• The men talk about their differing opinions on women.
• Lewis and his brother head back to their home, continuing to discuss women.
Act 1, Scene 3
• Lewis is writing letters as Warnie enters with breakfast.
• The man converse and Lewis tells Warnie about a letter he has received.
• An American, Joy Gresham, wishes to meet the two men while she is in England.
• The men joke about the American, but decide to meet...
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