The Wish Giver: Three Tales of Coven Tree Themes

Bill Brittain
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The Dangers of Illusion / Appreciating Reality

The narratives of the first two "tales" in the book ("Jug-a-rum" and "The Tree Man"), as well as commentary and incidents in the "Epilogue" and the "Prologue," are defined by an exploration of this central theme - the idea that, in essence, what looks too good to be true very often is (see also "Style - Point of View"). It's important to note, however, that the various illusions or apparent perfections (Blinn's, Piper's, Agatha and Eunice's) portrayed in the book often conceal not only the truth of the person and/or situation PRESENTING perfection, but also truth within the person PERCEIVING perfection.

This is true of both Polly and Rowena who, once they rid themselves of their beliefs in the illusions presented to them, discover truths about themselves and their feelings. In Polly's case, she perceives her true feelings towards her friends and...

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