Titus sits in the hospital waiting room. He tries to ask a nurse for information about Violet, but she just tells him to rest his eyes. He listens to feed ads for cars and movies, pacing around the room. As he does so, people rush in and out of the room, wheeling helpless, wide-eyed patients.
Chapter One foreshadows Titus’s growing alienation from Violet. For the time being, he seems to want to help her, but it’s suggested that his feed is distracting him and preventing him from being emotionally available.