The story begins with a narrative hook in the form of an epigram (a short poem expressing an idea in a clever or amusing way):
Look, you have cast out Love! What Gods are these
You bid me please?
The Three in One, the One in Three? Not so!
To my own Gods I go.
It may be they shall give me greater ease
Than your cold Christ and tangled Trinities. (p. 265, ll. 1-6)
This epigram hints that the story is going to be about missionaries trying to convert others to Christianity, and it introduces the idea that conversion may not be successful or desirable. At the beginning of the story, we do not know who will be involved in this attempted conversion, increasing our curiosity.
In the exposition, the narrator introduces us to the characters and setting. We find out how Lispeth was baptised and raised as a Christian by a Chaplain and his wife: “She was the daughter of Sonoo, a Hill-man, and Jadeh his wife”. (p. 265, l. 9); “The Kotgarh Chaplain christened her Elizabeth, and ‘Lispeth’ is the Hill or pah…