It seems now accepted that the rose-garden scene in BN was inspired by the visit Eliot and Emily made to the garden at Burnt Norton estate during her visit to England (it was late August-early September '34 that Gordon places the visit to BN). Why it is "royal" and capitalized I'm not guessing. A similar passage occurs in _The Family Reunion_.
J. P. Earls, OSB
St. John's University
Collegeville, MN 56321
From: Rickard A. Parker [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Wednesday, May 22, 2002 11:41 AM
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Subject: Re: Milton, FQ (why OT?)
> 'That the future is a faded song, a Royal Rose or a lavender spray
> Of wistful regret for those who are not yet here to regret,
> Pressed between yellow leaves of a book that has never been opened'
J.P. Earls wrote:
> If it is possible to see the correspondences "faded song" = Vivienne;
> Royal Rose = Emily Hale; spray of lilacs = Verdenal; then the personal
> element here adds even more to its stature.
Well, I see the possibilties for "faded song" and "lavender spray" but
other than coming up with another name for "Royal Rose" how do you get
Emily Hale for the rose?