* Chapter 1 introduces the St. Cloud's orphanage in St. Cloud's, Maine.
* The founder and doctor of the hospital who runs the orphanage is Dr. Wilbur Larch.
* While Dr. Larch believes the children at the orphanage should be safe and cared for, he also believes in creating an environment that fosters hope
* Set in the late 1920s and early 1930s, the women who come to the orphanage arrive pregnant, leave their unwanted children for adoption, and leave the orphanage after giving birth.
* The fact that St. Cloud's is an abandoned logging town is a fitting symbol.
* The majority of the children at the orphanage are abandoned or unwanted as well, which ironically makes St. Cloud the perfect place for these children.
* Chapter 1 introduces four of the main characters, which include Dr. Larch, his two nurses, Edna and Angela, and Homer Wells.
* The nurses, Edna and Angela, call the good...
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