paradise bound

The Reaper And The Flowers

There is a Reaper whose name is Death,
And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
And the flowers that grow between.

“Shall I have nought that is fair?“ saith he;
“Have nought but the bearded grain?
Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,
I will give them all back again.”

He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,
He kissed their drooping leaves;
It was for the Lord of Paradise,
He bound them in his sheaves.

“My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,”
The Reaper said, and smiled;
“Dear tokens of the earth are they,
Where he was once a child.”

“They shall all bloom in fields of light,
Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
These sacred blossoms wear.”

And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
The flowers she most did love;
She knew she should find them all again,
In the fields of light above.

O, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
The Reaper came that day;
‘Twas an angel visited the green earth,
And took the flowers away.

— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

Mary’s brooch & butterfly scarf

Mary wears a very visble brooch from the end of HLV (the tarmac scene) until the end of TAB (the “modern scenes”). I’ve always wondered what was behind it but I took the longest time to identify the flowers represented on the brooch.

I won’t claim to be a specialist in flowers, so I took long time and careful research on this meta. However, if anyone with better knowledge see something else, please let me know right away! :)

It turns out Mary’s brooch tells us a lot about Mary’s personality and fate. It is also tied to a very deep gay subtext, and I cannot believe for one second that it’s not an intentional choice.

Basically, the brooch predicts Mary’s end & Johnlock, and it associates the show with masterpieces of homoerotic love stories => BBC Sherlock is about Johnlock and delivers a powerful message to the LGBTQ community. =)

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Mayhaps, my dear Red Kangs, mayhaps your parents thought they were being very clever by trapping him in his own building so he wouldn’t finish it. But if they did such a thing, it was very foolish. Because no matter how deep they buried him in Paradise Towers, he’s bound to get out in the end.