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"The fire blazes, sparks rioting above the earth, rising into the night. In the reflected blaze, the masks of the players packed in a cart glimmer behind us, false faces shifting in the light." -- from the novel SINFUL FOLK ...................... PHOTO SOURCE: www.flickr.com/...
This represents a more literal struggle that Edgar faces. The destruction of the Kennel and the Sawtelle dog's paperwork and records that are valuable. The fire was started during a struggle between Edgar and the Sharif Glen, whose dad was Page, the Veterinarian who died as the result of Edgar's actions. The fire also contributes to the death of Edgar and his uncle Claude.
It seems to be on a whim, but Jared pulls out a lighter. He holds a Lunar Government flag in front of him. He strikes the lighter and a bright flame blossoms from it. He holds the flame to the flag. The flag blazes. It crumbles to black dust in his hand.