The text states, "Factories grew on the landscape like weeds. The sky choked on smoke and ash, and the people did too" (Ness 99).
The text states, "Apothecary was an old-fashioned name, even then, for a chemist. But the name was well-earned, because apothecaries were ancient, dealing in the old ways of medicine, too" (Ness 103).
The text states, "The parson had two daughters, the monster went on, who were the light of his life" (Ness 105).
The text states, " Yes, fine, on the parsonage grounds, there also grew a yew tree. The yew tree is the most important of all the healing trees, it said. It lives for thousands of years. It's berries, it's bark, it's sap, it's pulp, it's wood, they all thrum and burn and twist with life" (Ness 105).
The text states, "The daughters wasted away and approached death. Finally, there was no other option but to approach the Apothecary. The parson swallowed his pride and went to beg the Apothecary's forgiveness. Won't you help my daughters? the parson asked, down on his knees at the Apothecary's front door. If not for me, then for my two innocent girls. Why should I? the Apothecary asked" (Ness 107).
The text states, "I flung his roof into into the dell below and knocked down every wall of his house with my fists" (Ness 108). This tale is allegorical, because in the text it states, "I said this was the story of a man punished for his selfishness. And so it is" (Ness 109). The story is about the parson being selfish to the Apothecary.