Sunday, January 20, 2013

Book Botany: The Age of Innocence

This is actually not a full account of all the references to flowers, plants, and trees mentioned in the book as I only started keeping track towards the last quarter of the book.

Yellow Roses
As he wrote a word on his card and waited for an envelope he glanced about the embowered shop, and his eye lit on a cluster of yellow roses. He had never see any as sun-golden before, and his first impulse was to send them to May instead of the lilies.
Now, across the Skuytercliff carnations and the massive plate, she struck him as pale and languid; but her eyes shone, and she talked with exaggerated animation.

Though May's outline was slightly heavier, as her goddesslike build had foretold, her athletic erectness of carriage, and the girlish transparency of her expression remained unchanged: but for the slight languor that Archer had lately noticed in her she would have been the exact image of the girl playing with the bouquet of lilies-of-the-valley on her betrothal evening.

May, they told him, was in the dining-room inspecting the mound of Jacqueminot roses and maidenhair in the centre of  the long table, and the placing of the Maillard bonbons in openwork silver baskets between the candelabra.


The tall lamps were all lit, and Mr. van der Luyden's orchids had been conspicuously disposed in various receptacles of modern porcelain and knobby silver.

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