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|That's always been my take on it...
Written by Delories
(4/25/2006 3:49 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Rose subtext, penned by Denise S
...that "rose" is a floral metaphor for love (the blooming of the rose = blooming of a young girl into womanhood and all of that), and that Henry is flirting outrageously here, practically to the point of "declaring himself".
And yet, being Da Man, he can't help but cloak it gently teasing wit, with the whole "if you can learn to love a hyacinth" and so on.
Roses have been symbols for love in English poetry since medieval times, and JA was very well versed in it, so I don't think we're "over-subtexting" with this interpretation :-)
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