'The red rose whispers of passion,
And the white rose breathes of love.'
He circled the back of her hand as he murmured these words. She glanced at him, unsure if there was a hidden meaning. Then he laughed and said, 'Who believes that rubbish anyway?'
The next day he sent her a bouquet of yellow roses and a brief note. 'I'm grateful for our friendship but I can't see you any more. If you want to know why look in the announcements column of today's paper. Please believe you'll always be special to me.D x'
When she had recovered from the shock of reading about his forthcoming marriage she laughed. The irony of the roses was lost on him. He had, despite his dismissal of the meaning of the colours, sent her yellow roses for amity, the Victorian meaning of jealousy having been superseded. However, not only was she French she was also a Muslim and in both those cultures yellow roses signified something less attractive. In Islamic folk lore they represented deceit, treachery and adultery. In France they were a metaphor for infidelity. 'How apt,' she thought as she dumped the flowers in a waste basket.
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