Actually it's Chapter I in my edition, but I figure it probably differs by edition at this point, and while I like Roman Numerals just fine, figure I'll do more normal numerics just for ease of everyone. And yeah, I can probably tell I'm lacking in sleep when I'm bothering to explain this at length!
Anywho. So, the first chapter proper, and we learn that Victor dahling, well, is a Victor (eventually, in an off-handed way, which works I guess), and is also
And in the main, this whole chapter is devoted to basically setting up the fact that Victor has a sister who's not actually a sister by blood, and that he grew up close to and devoted to. Yeah, cause we can never tell where THIS is going. (No, that's not a spoiler, since I don't remember it from my previous reading, it's just an observation of what ALWAYS happens when someone in a book has a "sibling" not of their actual blood raised in the same house with them.)
Although that "till death" thing in the last line of the chapter forebodes.
Anyhow, have at it!