Chapter 1* Hazel Motes is traveling on a train. His seat mate Mrs. Hitchcock tries talking with him, but he essentially ignores her. * Haze approaches the porter claiming he is a man from his hometown. The porter denies this. * Haze and Mrs. Hitchcock go to the dining car. They are separated and Haze has a frustrating meal with three women. * Haze demands that the porter set up his sleeping berth. * Once in his berth Haze dreams of the funerals of family members and awakes believing he is closed in a coffin. * He begs the porter to help him out of his berth, but the porter ignores him.
Chapter 2* Haze departs the train momentarily and it leaves without him. He must wait six hours until the next train to Taulkinham arrives. * Once in Taulkinham, Haze visits a train station restroom and notes the name and address of a town prostitute...
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