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Re: blue roses?


"osis" is a latinate suffix denoting disease, "pleur" has to do with lungs,
so pleurosis=lung disease or weakness. Anything from asthma to pneumonia to
pulmonary tuberculosis. As I recall in the play, the mother played fast &
loose with facts and details so pleurosis may be a made up word never in
common use.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Kitty" <kmrsy@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:32 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] blue roses?


> Cathy, I never thought to look it up.  I tried a google and got only 200
> hits and all appear to have a connection to the play.  Is it possible
> Tennessee Williams made it up?, or possibly a native corruption of
pleurisy?
> I'm going to check with my sister on this.
>
> Kitty
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "cathy carpenter" <cathyc@rnet.com>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2004 3:49 PM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] blue roses?
>
>
> > Interesting. I went to an older medical dictionary (given the date of
> > 'Glass Menagerie') and then a regular dictionary. The word does not
> > seem to exist. Closest would be pleurisy, a painful inflammation of the
> > membrane surrounding the lungs.
> > Cathy
> > On Wednesday, May 26, 2004, at 01:25 PM, Kitty wrote:
> >
> > > No.  It sounded like blue roses.  Ah, I found it!
> > > "....They continue talking, and Laura reminds him of the nickname he
> > > had
> > > given her: "Blue Roses," an accidental corruption of the word for
> > > Laura's
> > > medical condition, pleurosis...."
> > >
> > > Kitty
> > >
> > > ----- Original Message -----
> > > From: <Aplfgcnys@aol.com>
> > > To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> > > Sent: Wednesday, May 26, 2004 12:48 PM
> > > Subject: Re: [CHAT] blue roses?
> > >
> > >
> > >> In a message dated 05/26/2004 12:49:44 AM Eastern Daylight Time,
> > >> kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
> > >>
> > >>> What was the actual disease the girl had in the Glass Menagerie?
> > >>>
> > >>
> > >> Polio?
> > >>
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