• Buford Mason buries Mason Tarwater.
• Mason teaches Tarwater, his great-nephew, the ways of prophesying so that the child may carry on his legacy.
• Mason has a history of kidnapping and baptizing children.
• Tarwater's uncle, Rayber, "the schoolteacher", has been at odds with Mason for years.
• Mason always wanted to baptize Rayber's son Bishop.
• Tarwater burns down Mason's cabin and leaves Powderhead.
Chapters 2 and 3
• Tarwater hitches a ride with a copper flue salesman named Meeks.
• Tarwater goes to Rayber's house.
• When Tarwater sees Bishop he gets the urge to baptize the boy.
• Bishop is developmentally impaired.
• Rayber feels he can provide a better life for Tarwater and takes him in.
Chapters 4 and 5
• Rayber buys Tarwater food and clothing and Tarwater rejects it.
• Tarwater leaves his room one night and goes into town. Rayber follows him.
• Tarwater visits a church with a young girl preaching.
• Tarwater claims he only...
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