Study Guide

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party Part 1, Chapter 1

By M.T. Anderson

Part 1, Chapter 1

  • Octavian's telling us all about where he grew up, and it's definitely a little weird.
  • First off, he remembers stuff like a house, a garden and apple trees.
  • Okay, not that big of a whoop. Sounds like a pretty typical house, right?
  • But here's where things start to get strange.
  • Octavian's holding his mom's hand as they look at flames rising from the orchard behind the big house.
  • And his mom is smiling with delight.
  • Servants are lighting gas on fire.
  • By the way, there's also a huge wall surrounding the property, you know, to keep people out.
  • But also to keep people in. Yep—things are getting freaky.
  • But the wall isn't something Octavian understands until he's older, looking back on everything.
  • Then a last line: Octavian gets all philosophical on us and says something about (we're totally paraphrasing here) how everything that wants to rise up, ends up burning or destroying itself.
  • Cheery fellow, this Octavian.

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