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Cat On A Hot Tin Roof Summary - Act 1 Part 1 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is set on a summer evening in the upstairs bed-sitting room of a plantation home in the Mississippi Delta. It is the sixty-fifth birthday of Big Daddy, the head of the household....
Bless Me Ultima Summary - Chapter 1 Bless Me, Ultima is narrated by a young Mexican-American boy named Antonio (Tony), who lives with his Spanish-speaking Catholic family in the small New Mexican town of Guadalupe. The time is during World War II. Antonio's three brothers are serving in the war;...
Billy Budd Summary - Chapter 1-2 Melville begins Billy Budd by describing a kind of archetypal "Handsome Sailor," who could often be found where sailors congregated ashore. Such a sailor seemed to be naturally superior to his shipmates, and was highly regarded by them. The narrator gives an example of...
Story summary Big, Two-Hearted River begins with a train dropping off Nick Adams near the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  What follows is a straightforward narrative of one of his days camping alone near the river.  Nick is most intrigued by the river, which he uses to provide...
A Wrinkle In Time Summary - Chapter 1 Mrs. Whatsit On a dark and stormy night, twelve-year-old Margaret Murry sits on the foot of her bed in the attic and watches the storm. Except for her, everyone in the house, including her twin brothers Sandy and Dennys, and her baby brother...
A Tale of Two Cities Summary - Book I Chapter 1-4 The narrator begins his story in the year 1775 with the observation that "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times" and concludes that it was a period in all respects much like the one...
A Streetcar Named Desire Summary - Scene 1 The play begins in a poor but lively, racially mixed area of New Orleans, on an evening in early May. Music from a bar around the corner can be heard as two men enter. They are Stanley Kowalski and his friend Mitch....
A Separate Peace Summary Chapter 1 The first chapter introduces the frame in which the novel is to take place. The setting is Devon School, a prep school in New Hampshire. Gene Forrester, our narrator, returns to look at the school grounds fifteen years after he was a student there....
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man Summary Chapter 1 Part 1 The novel begins with the childhood of Stephen Dedalus, a young boy growing up in Dublin, Ireland, where he attends Clongowes Wood College, a Jesuit school. Stephen, who is somewhere between six and nine years old,...
A Passage to India Summary Chapters 1-3 A Passage to India begins with a description of Chandrapore, the city where most of the story takes place, during the time of British rule in India. Chandrapore is an undistinguished city, except for the Marabar caves that are twenty miles away. In chapter...
A Modest Proposal Summary - Chapter 1 It doesn't take long to summarize the short "pamphlet" that is Swift's Modest Proposal. To remedy the problem of the poverty-stricken, oppressed and uneducated population of Catholics in Ireland, Swift's projector calmly and rationally proposes that thousands of the children should be killed...
A Midsummer Night's Dream Summary - Act 1, Scene 1 Theseus impatiently awaits his wedding to Hippolyta, which will take place in four days' time. He tells Philostrate to get the young people of Athens in a mood for a celebration. Egeus enters with his daughter Hermia, and Lysander and Demetrius....
A Farewell To Arms Summary - Book I Chapters 1-6 The novel begins on the Italian-Austrian border during the First World War. The story is told in the first person. The narrator opens the story with a description of late summer in a small village near the mountains. There is a river...
A Doll's House Full Summary It is Christmas Eve in the Helmers' apartment. Nora Helmer enters in outdoor clothes, carrying parcels. A porter carries in a Christmas tree, and Nora asks the maid to hide it. She gives the porter a generous tip. Taking out a packet of macaroons from...
A Clean, Well-Lighted Place begins with a description of a quiet, outdoor café at dusk. A deaf old man, who frequents the café regularly, sits at a table under a tree, slowly drinking himself to a stupor as usual. Preparing to close, two waiters speak to themselves about the...
A Christmas Carol Summary - Chapter I In keeping with the title of his work, A Christmas Carol, Dickens has divided his story not into chapters but into "staves"-that is, verses of a song. Note: Some analytical comments in the following commentary are indebted to Michael Patrick Hearn, ed., The Annotated...