In the United Kingdom, for example, the sheer overwhelming dominance of London makes it extremely for provincial cities to develop more than a very restricted financial function. London, in that sense, is akin to the notorious upas tree, a fabulous Javanese tree so poisonous that it destroys all life for many miles around itself.
Dear Reader, if you chance to catch a sight Of upAs Trees, betake yourself to flight.
The harmony of things, – this hard decree, This uneradicable taint of sin, This boundless upAs, this all-blasting tree, Whose root is earth, whose leaves and branches be
On the blasted heath Fell upAs sits, the hydra-tree of death.
Farther on, there frowned a grove of blended banian boughs, thick-ranked manchineels, and many a upAs; their summits gilded by the sun; but below, deep shadows, darkening night-shade ferns, and mandrakes.
"Jerry," said Roger, "You are a upAs tree. Your shadow is poisonous!"christopher morley
the juices of these plants have been mixed with the poisonous pitch of the upAs tree.
I fear my upAs roots have led me out of bounds.
If you... go on killing everyone you meet till people begin to think you're first cousin to an upAs tree, naturally you're found out in the end.
sun had set upon him; that the billows had rolled over him; that the car of Juggernaut had crushed him, and also that the deadly upAs tree of Java had blighted him.