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In chapter one of the thirteen principal Upanishad, the author begins by providing the
story of the day. The author attracts the attention of the reader by mentioning a case where a
robber killed himself to avoid being captured after a series of robberies. On the other hand, his
two accomplices escaped. The news also talks of McBride, who threatens to commit suicide in a
letter addressed to a girl. In the death agreement, a note written to Elizabeth Johnson reveal a
plot to die together. The murderer is taken to have lost his after the incidence. The letter also
reveals Davice denouncing the Republican tariffs claiming that it favours a few people instead of
the masses. It also brings to attention the case of a German American held in custody in Paris on
charges of attacking a French Ship.
The novel starts with a scene where James is looking down standing over a bridge. The
young man is holding tight to the bridge seeming restless. The author narrates the state of the
Ohio River below the deck. Uneven currents are swirling and ebbing on the streaking water. The
water appears to be triggering more suicidal thoughts on James who i...