Maybe what I need to do with the first chapter is restructure it. I don’t have any deeply later chapters in the first half of the novel. I might have one in the second half, I can’t remember how it looks after the revisions. But maybe changing the tone of the introduction to the protagonist will help with the overall tone of the first half of the chapter. It’s at least worth a try. Though it’s been so long since I’ve written in the voice, I’m not sure how to go about it.