"some sweet moral blossom"

In flower symbolism, the yellow rose represents infidelity, apology and undying love
Creative Commons AttributionIn flower symbolism, the yellow rose represents infidelity, apology and undying love - Credit: Koshy Koshy
This typically Hawthornian piece of self-referentiality perhaps also reminds us of ‘Rappaccini’s Daughter’ (1844), a short story positively overflowing with moral blossoms. Usurping the role of God, the medical researcher Rappaccini creates a subverted Eden of poisonous plants, the most beautiful and toxic of which is his own daughter. Around her, Hawthorne weaves a complex web of symbolism that juxtaposes her inner purity with the malignant properties that are an inextricable part of her being. Read the text here.