Chapter 1: The Commodity
If you’ve got the outline of the book in front of you, you’ll see that Part One (the first 3 chapters) is called “Commodities and Money”. Part 2, the next 3 chapters, is called “The Transformation of Money into Capital”. Commodities, money, and capital have something to do with each other if you ask Marx, and the goal of these first few chapters is for him to say what exactly they have to do with each other. Marx says this like he says everything in this book: painfully, painfully slowly - these chapters are together 127 pages in the Penguin print. Buckle up.