A flyting response to one of the following floral emblem sub-themes.
The First Principle
The first principle is to observe that the pronoun /, or me, is expressed by inclining the flower to the left, and the pronoun thou, or thee, by sloping it to the right, but when represented by drawings on paper, these po sitions should be reversed, as the flower should lean to the heart of the person whom it is to signify.
Advice: The articles a, an, and the may be ex pressed by a tendril, the first by a single line, the second by a double tendril, the third by one with three branches.
The Second Rule
The second rule is, that if a flower presented upright expresses a particular sentiment, when reversed it has a contrary meaning. Thus, for example, a rose bud upright with its thorns and its leaves means, “I fear, but I hope;” if the same bud is returned held down wards, it signifies, “you must neither hope nor fear;” but if the thorns be stripped off, it expresses, “there is every thing to hope;” deprived of its leaves, it signifies, “there is every thing to fear.” Thus the expression may be varied of almost all the flowers by changing their position.
Advice: The flower of the marigold, for example, placed on the head, signifies “trouble of spirits;” on the heart, “trouble of love” on the bosom, “weariness.”
The pansy held upright denotes “hearts’ ease;” reversed it speaks the contrary; when presented upright it is understood to say, “think of me;” but when offered pendant, it means “forget me.” And thus the ama ryllis, which is the emblem of pride, may be made to express “my pride is humbled,” or “your pride is checked,” by holding it downwards either to the left or the right, as the sense requires.
In the Same Manner
In the same manner the wallflower, which is made the emblem of fidelity in misfortune, if presented with the stalk upwards, would insinuate that the person was considered no friend to the unfortunate.
The numerical emblems are simply distinguished by the leaflets as far as eleven. From eleven to twenty they are denoted by berries added to leaf ten, twenty to a hundred is represented by joining a compound leaf to the tenth, and the odd number is formed by the addition of berries. A hundred is represented on the same principal by ten tens, and which may be increased by a third leaflet and a branch of berries as far as 999. A thousand is distinguished by a frond of fern or brake, to which a leaflet may be added to increase the number of thousands, in the same manner as the hundreds.