Let us leave the plague struck town of Gorham and travel back to the beginning of the apothecary's story (if indeed that is what he is). To Italy and Fiorentina then, in the year 1478...
The Apothecary dictates his terms and decides to keep an enemy where he can see him. Image free from pixaby.com
The Apothecary is shocked to see how the disease is taking a firm hold of the town... Image free from pixaby.com