Part 1 Summary and Analysis

New Characters:
Narrator: unnamed

Violet Trace: Joe’s wife of 20 years. She is starting to lose her mind

Joe Trace: The husband of Violet. He has an affair with 18-year-old Dorcas

Dorcas Manfred: Joe’s 18-year-old girlfriend who is eager to explore her sexuality

Alice Manfred: Dorcas’ aunt. She cares for Dorcas when her parents are killed

Malvonne: Joe and Violet’s upstairs neighbor. She feels guilty about allowing Joe and Dorcas to meet in her apartment

Gistan and Stuck: Joe’s two best friends. Their names are always mentioned in the same breath

Very quickly the narrator lays out the story of Violet’s...

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