The story starts at an earlier time, perhaps to set a certain mood or to provide some background details relevant to the current setting of the story. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is among the most well known stories that begin with a flashback.
In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since.
“Whenever you feel like criticising anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantaged that you’ve had.”
He didn’t say anymore, but we’ve always been unusually communicative in a reserved way, and I understood that he meant a great deal more than that. In consequence, I’m inclined to reserved all judgements, a habit that has opened up many curious natures to me and also made me the victim of noa a few veteran bores. The abnormal mind is quick to detect and attach itself to this quality when it appears in a normal person, and so it came about that in college I was unjustly accused of being a politician, because I was privy to the secret griefs of wild, unknown men…