The Devil in the White City: Murder Quotes.

11. "Beside his own person and his own interests, nothing is sacred to the psychopath."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

12. "No one could bear the idea of the White City lying empty and desolate. A Cosmopolitan writer said, "Better to have it vanish suddenly, in a blaze of glory, than fall into gradual disrepair and dilapidation. There is no more melancholy spectacle than a festal hall, the morning after the banquet, when the guests have departed and the lights are extinguished."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

13. "Beneath the stars the lake lay dark and sombre," Stead wrote, "but on its shores gleamed and glowed in golden radiance the ivory city, beautiful as a poet's dream, silent as a city of the dead."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

14. "I will be on the look out for you, my dear girl," he wrote. "You must expect to give yourself up when you come." For this buttoned-up age, for Burnham, it was a letter that could have steamed itself open."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

15. "Holmes was charming and gracious, but something about him made Belknap uneasy. He could not have defined it. Indeed, for the next several decades alienists and their successors would find themselves hard-pressed to describe with any precision what it was about men like Holmes that could cause them to seem warm and ingratiating but also telegraph the vague sense that some important element of humanness was missing."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

16. "Chicago has disappointed her enemies and astonished the world"
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

17. "For now, the tension was subtle, a vibration, like the inaudible cry of overstressed steel."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

18. "I find it all infinitely sad, but at the same time so entrancing, that I often feel as if it would be the part of wisdom to fly at once to the woods or mountains where one can always find peace. - Dora Root in a letter to Daniel Burnham"
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

19. "But one thing was quite clear...." [Sol Bloom, chief of the Midway] wrote. "[B]eing broke didn't disturb me in the least. I had started with nothing, and if I now found myself with nothing, I was at least even. Actually, I was much better than even: I had had a wonderful time."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

20. "No one cared what St. Louis thought, although the city got a wink for pluck."
- Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder

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