fennel, according to the Penguin Dictionary of Symbols, “is the symbol of spiritual rejuvenation . . . According to Pliny, fennel had the virtue of clearing the sight and, furthermore, it was by eating fennel that serpents acquired the miraculous power of periodical rejuvenation.”
you put it all together with my love of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, or rather, i put it all together, and am everafter haunted by an image of the Creature, just post the resolution of the book, fleeing from the site of its failed immolation across a frozen waste, a bulb of fennel clutched to its breast.
also, why is fennel so expensive all across this goddamned town these days?