"No Witchcraft for Sale" Doris Lessing Her talent for writing developed as a response to a variety of experiences. Jordyn Nowlen 4th period 5-3-18
Teddy was an innocent, young boy that was extremely fond of Gideon. Gideon was the family's cook who had a special friendship with Teddy. This affects the story's theme because due to their relationship, it makes it so much more special when Gideon saves Teddy.
Teddy lived in Southern Rhodesia. He loved to play with Gideon. Teddy got a scooter and went outside to play. While playing he got snake venom in his eyes and could not see at all. His parents were very worried.
When Gideon sees that Teddy is hurt he dashes into the woods. He comes out of the woods with a special plant. He chews it up and spits it into Teddy's eyes. This cures Teddy and he can see again.
A scientist comes to talk to Gideon and hopes that Gideon will tell him the plant that he used to cure Teddy. The plant is an important part of Gideon's culture, so he will not tell the scientist. The Farquar's eventually understand and tell the scientist to leave.
The theme of this story is to stand firm in your beliefs and to not let others influence your decision. This is what Gideon did when the scientist came to visit him. My personal reaction is I liked how Gideon saved Teddy because it made their relationship appear to be even better.