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Barometer Rising Having lived in Halifax for some of his childhood Hugh MacLennan lived through the great explosion of 1917 Canadas involvement in the first World War brought life to the harbours of Halifax For many of the characters involved life prior to the explosion was complicated Penelope is constantly under-estimated in a male dominant profession She often stresses over her love for his cousin Neil Macrae Neil himself has issues of his own to deal with Believed to be dead supposedly having been killed in the war Neil has lived under a false name to avoid a court martial brought upon by his uncle Penelopes father Colonel Wain He has now returned to Halifax in an attempt to clear his name Geoffrey Wain having been discharged from his position due to the events surround Neils court martial has a poor relationship with Penny and hatred for Neil The conflicts between Neil and Penny where resolved because of the explosion which gave them a second chance In Hugh MacLennans novel Barometer Rising the emotional issues between the main characters are resolved through the disastrous explosion that shocked Halifax After the explosion Penny and Neil reunite ending Pennys confusion about Neils death Among the people that died was Geoffrey Wain Although he dies this loss becomes a joyful time for Neil and settles the conflict between himself and Geoffrey Neil does not have to hide from the people he used to know and does not have to pretend is died Among all the death and destruction of this explosion comes a relief for Neil he can now rejoin society and be with Penny with out fearing from Geoffrey Wain The explosion brings to and end all of the tension and stress caused by Colonel Wain His death brings to and end the major conflict with Neil Geoffrey can no longer pursue the destruction of Neil Macrae Penny no longer has to worry about her torn
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