To dream of violets meant a change in fortunes, except in the Autumn when it was a portent of death. The favourite flower of Napoleon, his supporters threw the flower at Napoleon’s return from exile in 1815. Wearing the violet after Napoleon’s second exile was considered seditious. In Gloucestershire bringing the violet inside the home was considered bad luck but at horse fares the flower calmed down the horses. The violet was the symbol of ancient Athens and was a symbol of constancy whereas in Rome it was used to treat hangovers.

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