Quotes

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It was so easy to disappear, so easy to deny knowledge, so easy in the smoke and din to mask that something dark had taken root. This was Chicago, on the eve of the greatest fair in history. Part 1, Page 12
--shows the danger in the city and describes the general fear of it, and yet more people kept coming for the adventure and glamour that it offered.

"Cities began to see it as a prize to be coveted, mainly for the stature it would confer, stature being a powerful lure in this age when pride of place ranked second only to pride of blood." Part 1, Page 16
--This shows how much the cities wanted the task of holding the Worlds Fair

"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood."--Burnham
--This shows that they wanted to go all out because the fair wasn't worth doing if it wasn't going to be mind blowing

"'I was born with the devil in me,'" he wrote. "I could not help the fact that I was a murderer, no more than the poet can help the inspiration to sing." Part 1, Page 109
--Holmes is a crazy man with mental disabilities. He thinks that he was born to be a murderer and he can not change this fact.

"In August alone,the building took three lives. Elsewhere on the grounds four other men died and dozens more suffered all manner of fractures, burns, and lacerations. The fair, according to one later appraisal, was more dangerous place to work than a coal mine."--Part II page 178
--Shows that Burnham was in such a rush to finish the fair, that he was pushing the workers over the edge

"The next day the committee revoke it--second thoughts, after a night spent dreaming of freak winds and shrieking steel and two thousand lives gone in a wink." Part II page 179
--Shows that people were very hesitant to build the Ferris Wheel because of the freak accidents that could happen.

"The White City had drawn men and protected them; the Black City now welcomed them back, on the eve of winter, with filth, starvation, and violence." part III page 323
--This shows that the White City not only inspired them and gave them hope but it also gave many security and jobs. When the fair ended those who worked at the fair joined the rest of the world in a great depression.