Jack: Why are the plants yellowing?
Jill: Because the soil is stricken.
Jack: Who struck the soil? Angels?
Jill: This capital stands on sewage and decay. It’s human mess, not angels.
Jack: Could a fire maybe burn away the sickness in the soil?
Jill: Some day the earth will catch the Sun’s fire. Then there will be no stopping.
Millie: Justus, are we on the brink of disaster?
Justus: I will need to be in quarantine for 40 days and then I will come back.
Millie: 40 days is excessive.
Justus: It’s symbolic. Quarantine, from Latin quaranta. 40 is the numeric symbol for purification.
Millie: Like the 40-day flood in the book of Genesis that washed away every human who defiled the earth, which was every human, to purify the earth. Like that?
Justus: In 40 days I will come back to you purer than I have been.