Sunday, April 11, 2010

ROAR #3: The Devil in the White City

The Devil in the White City by: Erik Larson
p. 175 - 245

Holmes continued to construct what the Fair was going to look like and it was coming together but they came up with a new idea, they want to make it possible for the Hotel to be higher than then the eiffel tower. The only problem with making the building taller was how much they had to spend. Jobs started to get cut because of how much they have to spend on the new part of this area of the hotel and they thought that they couldnt meet the deadline of making the building. In order for Holmes to make money he decided to find the cure of alcoholism. He had to do that in order to cure Pitezel and to make it to then sell it. While Holmes was doing his job Burnham stayed in Chicago to keep up with the deadline because if they didnt finish it would be trouble for all people who were hired to make this fair a spectacular event that the U.S has ever seen to display the history of Christopher Columbus.
AS we back away from the fair a little Holmes gets married to a wealthy women and he does it in secret so that no one knew, but he seems to find himself in troublesome places whenever he tries to get involved in such things like that. Millie left her family and lived with Holmes. As Holmes was trying the find the cure he used Emelines body and then she was never seen again and he disposed of her body. More disaperences were happening in the fair and the everyday when the workers would go to work it would rain so they couldnt get much done.

"He spent $25,000 on drawings and additional specifications and used them to recruit a cadre of investors that included two prominent engineers, Robert Hunt, head of a major Chicago firm, Andrew Onderdonk, famous for helping construct the Canadian Pacific Railway" (Larson 179).

This part of the book made me question who Holmes really was. Was he a secret murderer or was he just an architect that was building the World's Fair. Emelines body disapeered and he was the last person with her so he must have used her body as a practice dummy and thats how she bacame a ghost tothe world because no one could find her. Is Holmes really focused on finishing the World Fair because i dnt see him trying too i just see him trynna make money which wasnt really hepling him because it wasnt making money? The eiffel tower is the compotition so why couldnt they decide to make it taller in the beggining so they didnt have to try to make it fit in the end?

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