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roses.jpg According to John Childermass, in magic roses signify silence. Thus he is able to interpret the meaning of the red-and-white rose which Mr. Segundus sees placed before the lips of Lady Pole and Stephen Black[47] - "it is a muffling-spell [64]."

The use of a rose as an emblem of secrecy is of course not confined to magic, as this
article amply demonstrates.