William Legrand, a once rich fellow, has lost all his fortune and has decided to move. He will be leaving New Orleans and starting a new life on Sullivan's Island, South Carolina.
"The Gold Bug"
William Legrand soon arrives at the marsh filled Sullivan's Island. He builds himself a small hut on the eastern side of the island in the middle of the thicket.
It is at Sullivan's Island that the narrator meets and befriends Legrand. He admires his intelligence and mood swings.
Hello there. I admire your intelligence and moods swings.
Why thank you, kind sir.
Legrand loves to fish and explore. He is always followed by his black servant, Jupiter. Although he is a free man, he has sworn to protect and follow Legrand.
One October night the narrator goes to visit Legrand only to find the house empty. Later, when Legrand and Jupiter return, the narrator is met with the excited chatter of his friend as he explains his new disocvery of a strange bug.
It's so heavy! It must be made out of gold!
Nonsense! I must draw a sketch of this extraordinary bug.
After Legrand drew the sketch the narrator realizes the bug looks like a skull and has no antenna's. After pointing this out , Legrand gets defensive and locks the sketch up in a box. Noticing Legrands mood, the narrator decides to leave and doesn't come back for months.