A summary/outline and list of discussion questions for Part VI of Isaac’s Storm, which comprises only one chapter.
A summary, outline, and list of discussion questions for the chapters “A Letter from Moore” and “The Ring” from Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson.
The city recovers from the storm and attempts to deal with the dead bodies. There is no time or space for burying, so they attempt to bury them “at sea” by dumping hundreds of bodies from a barge into the Gulf of Mexico. Unfortunately, many of the bodies land back on the shore, making the problem worse. City leaders are left with no choice but to burn the bodies in large piles. Rumors, often racist in nature, begin to spread through the town. The smell of death permeates every part of Galveston Help begins to arrive from various sources. Some of the gifts are not very useful, but some are life-saving.
Summary, outline, and discussion questions for the first three chapters of Part V of Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson.
A summary, outline, and list of discussion questions for Isaac’s Storm Part IV chapters “What Isaac Did”, “A Light in the Window”, and “Isaac’s Voyage”.
Summary, outline, and discussion questions for three chapters from Part IV of Isaac’s Storm by Erik Larson.
In “Isaac Cline”, the storm begins to tear Galveston apart. In the chapter “Vital Signs”, John Blagden (who replaced the incompetent Harrison Baldwin) is the only person remaining at the Levy Building.
In “Louisa Rollfing”, which continues the Rollfing’s story from p. 154, August realizes that his wife was right about leaving. He hires a horse and buggy driver to take his family to her mother’s house. The streets are flooded, however, so she travels to his sister’s house. At 2:00 p.m., the wind changes direction. Louisa and her sister-in-law’s family prepare the home for the storm.
As the storm worsens, Isaac begins to worry. Reports come in about storm damage and danger. Isaac will later claim that he attempted to warn people on the beach, but this is not the case. Instead, he sends a message to Willis Moore (head of the U.S. Weather Bureau) through his “assistant” – his brother Joseph. Then he goes home for lunch.
In “‘You Can’t Frighten Me'”, Rabbi Henry Cohen, who is the leader of the Jewish synagogue (place of worship for people of the Jewish faith) in Galveston, is headed home after Sabbath services (the Jewish faith counts Saturday, rather than Sunday, as the Sabbath). Cohen is known around town as a person who gives good advice, even to non-Jewish people. He sees a number of people who have left their homes for a safer area, and he tries to help them. In the pouring rain, he hands out blankets and food. The electricity in the area has gone out. After returning home, Cohen and his wife, Mollie, show confidence that the storm is nothing special. In truth, however, they are only trying to appear confident in front of others (especially children). They begin to play music as the water begins to rise.