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.
Preface and Chapter I Abstract
* In December in Madrid, a minister meets with a well-dressed man to hand him a report in a sealed envelope.
* The fencing teacher, Don Jaime meets with one of his students, the nobleman Don Luis. Luis is not at his best during their bout, probably due to his excesses the previous...
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