The Puzzling Prologue Problem

  Go ahead, Google something along the lines of prologues in novels. I’ll wait. Done? If so, you’ll have found links like 7 Deadly Sins of Prologues, The Worst Ways to Begin Your Novel: Advice from Literary Agents, The Dreaded Prologue, Question: the oft-maligned prologue, and so on. Read these four pages. Did you see the following?