In this chapter, the young narrator reflects on his life. He grew up in poverty, without hope, and without ambition. One day, he found a part-time job at a theater. He decided to take the job because he wanted to excel in the performance. He does not have any guilt for taking the job, but he does not trust the man who gave up his studies to pursue the part. He wonders if the man really believed in him. He feels cold and selfish because he feels like he would die if he did not have the man. He would lead a normal life, but still, he would be able to achieve fame and money that ordinary people like him cannot dream of.