Devil in the White City
“The wait was electric.”
Electricity flows through bodies. People,
humans, are conductors of electricity, and
the wait spread through the crowd. The
excitement was spreading.
“Felt the electricity more keen than most.”
The men working on the project are waiting
and are more sensitive to the excitement
than the crowd.
“Both passed easily, and I flunked, having
sat through two or three examinations
without being able to write a word.”
Burnham is a smart man, but has trouble
showing it. There is some doubt in his mind,
even though he is capable.
“He was good with conversation..Holmes
listened with moist eyes. He touched her
arm. He could ease her burden, he said.”
Holmes’ skills are being manipulative. He is
a good looking man, and knows what to say
to get women on his side, and get what he
“Began to see it as an opportunity to achieve Olmsted see’s opportunity for achieving, and something.” pg. 50
wants to make something to be proud of.
“Holmes broke them all…” pg. 63
Holmes breaks all the women he has. He
manipulates them for his good, which builds
his psychopathic character.
“Holmes cast himself as a demanding
contractor...as workers came to him for their
wages...they quit...he fired them...keeping a
minimum of who understood the building’s
secrets.” pg. 67
Also building him as a psychopath, Holmes
will tamper will peoples jobs and lives, just
so he can get what he wants, and he is
smart enough to know how to not get
“She was on the verge of accepting the offer He is so comfortable with his psychotic when Holmes said to her, softly, ‘don’t be
ways, he gets a little comfortable and
afraid of me.’
exposes himself a little bit
“Which terrified her.” pg. 73
“‘Beside his own person and his own
interests, nothing is sacred to the
psychopath.’” pg. 8788 ...
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