During the Victorian era etiquette dictated that overt displays of emotion were improper. To get around this restrictive concept many people (especially courting couples) employed symbolism in their daily lives to convey their feelings to one another. One such method was the giving of small bouquets of flowers known as ‘tussie mussies’. Each flower in the bouquet held a different meaning and so, with a knowledge of floriography or the language of flowers, a message could be sent through them.
Flowers which amorous couples could use included pale pink roses (friendship), red roses (true love), lily of the valley (sweetness), white lilies (purity) apple blossom (attraction), orchids (refined beauty), ivy (endurance), buttercups (riches) and thistle (nobility). Bouquets could also convey dislike through the use of plants such as mint (suspicion), hydrangea (heartlessness), basil (hatred) and lobelia (malevolence).
A demon is often a prophet to those who believe him, but he is always a liar to those who despise him… He who believes in dreams is completely inexperienced. But he who distrusts all dreams is a wiseman.