Mary, p. 75: the scent of racemosa

November 29, 2009

As Mary walks away from him after departing from a train, Ganin’s last sight of her takes place in the atmosphere of “the heavy and fluffy scent of racemosa in bloom.”  This is probably the Padus racemosa, or European bird cherry, which is widely distrubted across Europe and Asia Minor.  It flowers between April and June, which frames the time of the lovers’ last meeting.

Padus racemosa


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