main index




Topical Tropes

Other Categories

TV Tropes Org
Kickstarter Message
TV Tropes Needs Your Help
Big things are happening on TV Tropes! New admins, new designs, fewer ads, mobile versions, beta testing opportunities, thematic discovery engine, fun trope tools and toys, and much more - Learn how to help here and discuss here.
View Kickstarter Project
YMMV: The Age of Innocence
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?: Both the book and film are rife with examples. The "perfect" May is blonde and blue-eyed, the "bad girl" Ellen is dark-haired, and is often described as wearing pink or red—but is later seen in dull colors as she and Archer separate. Archer sends May white lilies, but Ellen gets yellow (more colorful) roses (more romantic) Most notably, on the night before Archer intends to consummate his affair with Ellen, he and May attend the opera—and May wears her wedding dress. The symbolism is cranked Up to Eleven when the train of the dress is caught in the carriage wheel and left torn and muddy. Meanwhile, the film opens with multiple shots of blooming flowers concealed behind a black piece of lace.

TV Tropes by TV Tropes Foundation, LLC is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available from
Privacy Policy