Part One: Chapters I and II
• As the novel begins in Part One: Chapter I, titled “The Wax Heads,” Ti Noël, an African slave of French plantation owner M. Lenormand de Mézy in the Caribbean, is an expert horseman and immediately picks out a stallion for his owner from among twenty horses.
• Ti Noël also observes the bright posters in a nearby bookseller's, asks about a black man portrayed on a throne, and learns that it's a portrayal of a king of Ti Noël's country.
• In Part One: Chapter II, titled “The Amputation,” Macandal, the great storyteller and carrier of African culture, is milling sugar cane when his arm gets caught in the machine.
• Slaves and the master rush in and apply a tourniquet to stop the bleeding, and the master calls for a machete to cut off the useless arm.
Part One: Chapters III and IV
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