Devil in the White City- Part IV quotes

Devil in the White City- Part IV quotes - Characterization...

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Characterization: Detective Frank Geyer Commentary Detective Frank Geyer was a big man with a pleasant, earnest face, a large walrus mustache, and a new gravity in his gaze and demeanor. (Larson 339) This quote demonstrates that Detective Geyer was has been affected by having to track down Holmes and having to learn of the heinous crimes that Holmes has committed. “His weakness was his belief that evil had boundaries.”(349) This quote shows that Detective Geyer still believes that every man contains at least a shred of goodness within. “Many months had passed since the children had written their letters, however. Geyer had little hope that anyone would remember one man and three children.”(343) Holmes is an elusive man and therefore, Geyer does not raise his hopes that he would find the children. Rather, he faces reality and understands that there is a very real chance that Holmes has just slipped away. “The detectives were courteous and never showed impatience, despite having to make the same introductions and tell the same story over and over again.”(343) This shows that Geyer is a patient man and that he is very dedicated to finding the children, even if it means repeating himself over and over again. This also shows that Geyer does not give up in the face of adversity but simply keeps pushing on. “It seemed odd that Holmes would go to the trouble of moving to a second hotel, but Geyer knew from experience that making assumptions about the behavior of criminals was always a dangerous thing.”(344) Geyer is an experience detective who knows to never underestimate criminals and to always expect the unexpected. “Geyer was not yet ready to leave Cincinnati, however. Now he played a hunch. The Pinkertons had found that Holmes sometimes rented houses in the cities through which he traveled, as he had done in Burlington. ”(344) Geyer is a man who listens to his gut and follows his instinct. This shows that Geyer is also a very self-confident man. Even though he is just
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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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