He sent her roses. That seems as much of a link, no?
Date sent: Wed, 22 May 2002 12:41:17 -0400
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From: "Rickard A. Parker" <[log in to unmask]>
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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?