Do you know why they say, "There´s no smoke without fire?" It´s not just to give encouragement to people who like fires. It´s a statement about the danger of chimneys, but also about courts of kings - or any space where trapped air circulates, choking on itself. A spark catches a particle of falling soot: with a crackle, the matter ignites: with roar, the flames fly skywards, and within minutes the palace is ablaze.
The Mirror & the Light - Hilary Mantel