White Ashes

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Co-author: Alden C. Noble
Published: 1912
Language: English
Wordcount: 123,861 / 363 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 43.7
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 379
Added to site: 2007.01.08
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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Henry L. Ratliff

(1912) Romance / Business Intrigue
Plot bullets

  • White ashes remain as the aftermath of a fire.
    The ashes of lives remain after man's struggle for the best and worst,
    and fates pleasure.

  • Story lines:

    o A young man will have the opportunity to marry, if he can get a large fire insurance policy from the father of the girl he loves.

    o Mr. Smith, the stories hero, finds himself fighting for his company in the light of high powered business ethics.

    o A girl who wants to learn about her fathers business and finds Mr. Smith more than willing to help.

    o The stories villain, a treacherous employee betrayed Mr. Smith's company and sets out for himself.

    o Owners of several insurance companies, that are all effected by the above.

  • The stories converge as the result of a fire/conflagration that test the intentions and actions of both business and man.

Rather slow story until about the middle. Much
time is spent in a sort of documentary fashion, acquainting the reader with
the ins and outs of the fire insurance business (that of the early 20Th century).
The later chapters has a very vivid account of a large fire/conflagration in a
major city. A city, at that time, still mainly of wood and non-fireproof buildings.

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