The way everything came together at the end seemed not at all realistic to me. I didn’t really like the book, but the ending completely ruined it for me. I don’t think Hazard Flint would have turned everything over so easily. Then to find out the good looking, kind, near perfect mine worker actually inherited everything. Oh come on.
I also agree with both of you, I thought there was no way that things would have wrapped up so neatly. Hazard Flint would not have had such a major change of heart, anyone who could watch so many men get hurt or die can’t have much of a heart to begin with. But being able to let small children work in such dangerous conditions, watching them get maimed, killed, ground into machinery is a whole different level of heartlessness and greed.