What is the falling action of The Man Who Was Poe?

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The falling action occurs after the climax. The climax of this novel occurs in Chapter 21 when Edmund, Poe, and Throck chase Rachett, Peterson, and Sis, Edmund's sister, in a boat. Sis gets away and jumps into the water. Edmund jumps in the water to save her, and this is the climax of the book. Everything that occurs after that is the falling action. Rachett and Peterson and the boat sink with the gold bars on board. In the last chapter, Edmund walks with Poe and asks Poe if was really trying to save his sister, or if he was just interested in getting a story. When Poe doesn't answer him, Edmund accuses Poe of being afraid of living, not dying. Poe finally tells Edmund that Sis would live longer as a character in his story than she will in life, and then he drops his story to the ground and walks off. This shows Poe's pessimistic view that death takes everyone that's important to us. Edmund picks it up and discovers the story begins in a tenement on Ann Street. The original name given to the boy in the story was Edgar, but it had been crossed out and changed to Edmund.