[ilds] RG Justine -- the rose in her bed

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sun Jun 10 10:11:30 PDT 2007

Bill, or are you thinking of Faulkner's Gothic tale, "A Rose for Emily?"


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>From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>Sent: Jun 9, 2007 6:59 PM
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>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Justine -- the rose in her bed
>"... knew that the quiet man there was thinking of the rose found in 
>her bed on the day of the Games. ..." (p. 179 Dutton first).
>Even if we can't identify the source of this image, we can still 
>consider what the image of the rose in her bed means. For me, it's a 
>haunting image -- hardly one of happiness.
>Winners in the games where often given roses as a symbol of success. 
>Is the quiet man grieving that his lover has slept with one of the 
>winners? The rose was Sappho's flower. Is the rose a symbol of 
>lesbian love? Is it a metaphor for blood? (If you think I'm thinking 
>of Hardy, I'm not.)
>Later Nessim is "lost in the contemplation of a rose lying upon an 
>empty plate before him" (p. 182).

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