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.
Chapter One Abstract
* The novel opens with Claude Lantier walking home late at night during a rainstorm when he finds a young woman huddled in his doorway.
* Not wanting to leave the young woman outside in the rain, he brings her up to his studio apartment to spend the night.
* Claude is already in a bad...
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