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May 3, 2008 (Day 98)

Sub rosa: secretly; privately; confidentially


Returning a bit to where I began with this project, something a little darker and deeper. I'm including below the roots of the word from Dictionary.com that swayed my mind to something a bit more visually sordid and salacious:

"Sub rosa comes from the Latin, literally 'under the rose,' from the ancient association of the rose with confidentiality, the origin of which traces to a famous story in which Cupid gave Harpocrates, the god of silence, a rose to bribe him not to betray the confidence of Venus. Hence the ceilings of Roman banquet-rooms were decorated with roses to remind guests that what was spoken sub vino (under the influence of wine) was also sub rosa."

I confess I immediately thought of that scene in American Beauty and saw it in a whole other light. I find the above absolutely fascinating. It makes me think of plots and intrigues, and I wanted to use the word as the title of a novel somehow.

I will likely never shoot something like this again because it made such a mess. That's corn syrup with food coloring. Sticky and a pain to clean off, both skin and floors.

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