Now that I have recovered from my big trip west and have finished doing the family taxes, it is time to prepare for Lecture Four. As I indicated at the end of Lecture Three, I must confront the conundrum of Capital Volume I, and more particularly the mystifying opening chapters. Why did Marx write that way? Quite naturally, I shall start with the famous opening sentence of Pride and Prejudice. This will lead me to a story about the Cub Scouts, followed by reflections on the Altar and the Throne. Then, as you might anticipate, I shall pay an imaginary visit to my local supermarket, all of which will enable me to explicate the opening two sentences of Chapter One of Volume I of Capital. Everyone ready?