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"Johnny Appleseed was not carrying the possibility of eating apples; his
mission was something quite different and more mature than Dis­ney's 1948
movie version. Far from being the American Saint Francis, John Chapman
turned out to be the American Dionysus. No wonder everyone was glad to see
him coming down the western roads! 'The reason people ... wanted John
Chapman to stay and plant a nursery was the same reason he would soon be
welcome in every cabin in Ohio,' [Michael] Pollan writes [in *The Botany of
Desire*]. 'Johnny Appleseed was bringing the gift of alco­hol to the

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