Devil in the White City- Part II quotes

Devil in the White City- Part II quotes - Characterization:...

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Characterization: Burnham Commentary “Burnham gave him the job. Atwood had a secret, as it happens. He was an opium addict. It explained those eyes and his erratic behavior. But Burnham thought him a genius.” (Larson 121) This quote demonstrates that Burnham judges his employees on their merit and not their faults. He understands that everyone has the occasional blunder and he will not deny people opportunities just because he might disagree with some of their habits. “Everyone was thinking in terms of towers, but Burnham, for one, did not think a tower was the best approach. Eiffel had done it first and best.” (135) This shows that Burnham knows when to admit he has been bested and is able to give people praise when they deserve it. He is able to think of his own creative ideas rather than just building upon the ideas of others. “Until this point Burnham had shown a level of compassion for his workers that was extraordinary for the time. He had paid them even when illness or injury kept them out of work and established a exposition hospital that provided free medical care.”(154) Burnham cares greatly about his workers and tries his best to take care of them and provide good working conditions for them. He appreciates that workers are the drive behind the construction of the fair and he tries to show them respect and kindness when most others would not. “There were moments of grace. Burnham looked forward to evenings on the grounds when his lieutenants and visiting architects would gather for dinner at the shanty and converse into the night in front of Burnham’s immense fireplace”(158) Burnham is grateful for the company of others. Much like previous passages that mentioned John Root, this quote shows that Burnham operates better with others rather than alone. Perhaps at the end of the day, conversation with others is the only thing that Burnham has to look forward to. Characterization: Dr. H. H. Holmes Commentary “In Iowa - in safe, bland Muscatine – Gertrude fell ill, an accident of nature, The disease proved fatal. Holmes told Ned how sorry he was to hear of her passing, but in his eyes there was only a flat blue calm, like the late on a still August morning.” (123) Holmes might be able to fake emotion but ultimately Holmes can not hide the fact that he is dead inside. His eyes give a hint to this true nature, one that is devoid and incapable of emotion. Holmes cares nothing about another person’s life and shows no hint of feeling upon hearing about Gertrude’s death. “With Ned gone and the divorce final, Holmes’s
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This note was uploaded on 06/18/2011 for the course ENGL 1301 taught by Professor James during the Spring '08 term at HCCS.

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Devil in the White City- Part II quotes - Characterization:...

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