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Written by Elena
(4/15/2003 2:13 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, The Rose - a puzzlement, penned by Ann2
So does his creator. I won't put any spoilers for NA, though it is a clear case with Catherine, but everywhere else in JA's novels people learn about life from life directly, not from any reasoning of any guru.
] From what I know, there are several meanings to the rose over the centuries.
Hmm, and sub rosa, one of few Latin phrases that I still remember? A symbol of silence, then.
] Later on it was connected to the worship of saints, the rose turned into a symbol of the Virgin Mary.
I'd like to know about medicinal uses. Rose oil in perfume is an obvious use, of course, all due to (comparative) easiness of getting it out of the flower.
] How are we to decide what Henry was thinking? Is there a particular symbolism in Georgian times?
Well, I've looked into this question of language of flowers, and got entangled between periods. No direct source for Regency, sorry. But in some sources the "meaning" of rose depended on the colour of the flower, from white ("innocence", the only colour suitable to give to a young girl) to bright red ("flame of passion", impossible to be presented socially).
BTW, Henry seems to say something in the line "I prefer you walking (in a garden) to sitting in a room". It may be a hint on their pleasant walk, or just his taste as an active man. Does he sound Catherine whether they have similar tastes - for a walk through life together?
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