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Skipping the Messy Stuff

 * Chapter Ten ALLIES  196
• Chapter Eleven BALANCE OF POWER  221
• Chapter Twelve CARELESS WHISPERS  241
• Chapter Thirteen FROM THE ASHES  258
• Chapter Fourteen LESSONS NOT LEARNED  278

All the earlier chapters are a lead-up to our late involvement in WWI,      where we meet Sir James Matthew Barrie, the prolific playwright and cousin to John Ferrell. John Ferrell’s supply ship, the Panama City, never a real ship, was not sunk by U-Boat submarines, though the elder Ferrell

____The Life and Times of a Black Southern Doctor 367

did indeed die in 1916; such a blue-blooded way to die, helping your
Scottish ancestors through a tough time.

10 and 11 encompass that bloody 1st world war, along with the
deadly influenza that started in Europe and traveled back to the US.
30 million people died worldwide and that is about the time that
Alpha Omega Campbell began practicing medicine.

After the doctor and Maggie wed in 1918, they both had affairs
that produced children. Maggie’s dalliance produced middle daughter,
Laura. That little child was so fair-skinned, isn’t that right banker Lewis? Alpha, for his part, did father a child; it’s just that whether it was with Camille
Diaz is buried among the Careless Whispers of reality.

Those Roaring years of flappers and debauchery are bypassed…

…here, as is the Great Depression. It seems the author (me) does not deal
well with hard times, which resurfaces in the closing chapters, a.k.a.
the happy, or rather calm ending. So From the Ashes emerges the
mid-1930’s. We lose great characters Harv Pearson, Herb Love and
Phoebe. We’ve already left the Endlichoffer’s behind and the elder

James Ferrell becomes the Dr.’s lawyer and we are (re) introduced
to Carolyn Hanes (Constance Caraway Private Eye) and her lover
Sara Fenwick (Fanny Renwick). Like the incest episode between James
and Agnes, this Lesbian relationship is a glimpse into life behind closed doors, as well as in real life.


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