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A red rose for love, an anenome for expectation, and a small white bellflower for gratitude: the Victorian Language of Flowers took the world by storm with its ability to communicate meaning both subtle and specific.

Here you will find a collection of the reference guides used at the time - both Kate Greenaway's 1884 guide relevant to Europe and the UK, and the 1881 guide from Gems of Deportment, relevant to America - as well as a collection of story excerpts, descriptions of use, and explanations on how to arrange a bouquet to convey the desired meaning as well as a variety of illustrations. Knowing the language of flowers can add to your understanding of how authors of the era weaved the imagery into their tales. Knowing rhododendrons signify danger, for example, gives deeper understanding to the scene in H G Wells 'The Time Machine' where the time machine is left abandoned in a bed of the forboding flowers as the adventurer heads off into an unknown world; while the bridal bouquets in 'Little Women' speak into the characters' disposition and expectation. The perfect reference guide for authors, romantics and floriography enthusiasts, this book contains everything you need to interpret and adapt the language of flowers for your own use.

Please note ebook contains more images which have been excluded from the print edition.

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  • Publication Date: November 9, 2020
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 273 Pages
  • File Size: 22,471 KB

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