The Signature of All Things Symbols & Objects

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Jesuit's Bark

Jesuit’s bark is a drug made from the bark of the cinchona tree that can lower a fever and treat the symptoms of malaria. Henry Whittaker makes his fortune growing and selling the drug made from these trees. It is not until the 1820s that two French chemists discover quinine and finally cut into Henry’s profit from the cinchona trees.

Moss

In her grief over George’s decision to marry Retta, Alma finds herself searching for a purpose in her life. While going over some articles she had written for George’s botanical magazine, she realizes that no one has ever bothered to truly study moss. This becomes Alma’s lifelong occupation, studying moss and recording the multiple varieties of it. It is also on moss that Alma bases her thesis on the struggle for existence.

Orchid Lithographs

Ambrose Pike sends to George...

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