Like Legs Sadovsky that day in the museum when we saw the Tree of Life, how it connected things, like underground roots connecting all things living and dead, and she bit at her thumbnail brooding saying finally, "-You'd think our species would count for more that that," in surprise and disgust for how small Homo sapiens was revealed after all.
Such truths, FOXFIRE made softer.
I read it the opposite: Such truths made Foxfire softer.I think it's because of "fronting". The normal word order would have been "FOXFIRE made such truths softer". When you place another part of the sentence before the subject and verb this is called "fronting". Without the comma this sentence would be more difficult to understand.