A Quote by Eleanor Perenyi on gifts, shyness, truth, and women

A gift of flowers to a woman implies that she is as deliciously desirable as the blossoms themselves; but there may be another and hidden message, contained in the old-fashioned phrases like 'shy as a violet, 'clinging vine,' not originally conceived as pejoratives, that tells more of the truth - which is that flowers are also emblems of feminine submission.

Eleanor Perenyi

Source: Green Thoughts, 1981

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