In “A Letter from Moore”, Willis Moore (chief of the U.S. Weather Bureau) begins to defend both his agency’s decisions and Isaac’s actions on the day of the storm. To do this, he deliberately hides the truth and in some cases outright lies about the situation. He states that Isaac stayed at the Weather Bureau office, rather than returning home. Cline is more affected by Moore’s lie about sending warnings to Galveston. He contradicts Moore only by saying that Galveston did not receive the warning that he assume must have been sent (it was not). Moore continues his national campaign to clear the bureau of any wrongdoing or mistakes. Meanwhile, in Cuba, Father Gangiote and the Belen Observatory find it offensive and sadly ironic that their warnings were not heeded. The U.S. War Department lifts the ban on Cuban weather telegrams six days after the storm hit Galveston. Moore is furious, and demands that the department move the bureau offices out of Cuba.
In “The Ring”, Isaac Cline seeks closure by finding the body of his wife, Cora. The city begins to rebuild. While salvaging wood for buildings, they find the body of a woman, unrecognizable after 21 days. On her is a wedding ring and diamond engagement ring. Isaac recognizes the ring as Cora’s. He has the body buried, but he keeps the ring and wears it himself on his pinkie finger for the rest of his life. By December 31, 1900, the city had been cleaned up and started anew. When the clock hits midnight, the twentieth century begins…
- “A Letter from Moore”
- In response to criticism, Willis Moore defends the Weather Bureau and Isaac Cline.
- Cline is frustrated by Moore’s claims, because they are not true. He writes some soft criticism of Moore’s defenses.
- The ban on weather telegrams in Cuba is lifted.
- “The Ring”
- The city clears wreckage and rebuilds.
- The body of Cora Cline is found. Isaac has it buried and keeps her ring to wear it himself.
- As 1900 ends, a new century begins.
- What do you suppose it would be like to have someone lie on your behalf? Would you feel honored that they would cover for you, repulsed because you didn’t want them to cover for you, or some other feeling? Why?
- What kind of feeling do you think the ring gave Isaac? Why do you think he kept it?
- As you have seen before, this book is about “a time”. What new “time” does the book enter, and why is this significant?