28th, of the same year, and as there had not been enough Christmases in his experience for him to accumulate a vast number of books, there were still reasons why he had to draw upon the common collection of the town.Some of his own private stock, moreover, had been given him five or six years earlier, and he now turned from them in loathing. Some of them were the “Pansy” books—I forget exactly what that implies, but I can recall the scornful tone in which the title came to be pronounced.What they predicted has happened: the brilliance of the color won it immediate popularity among many classes, and the streets were full of pansy dresses.
Not sure if this is directly on point, but the decadent fin-de siecle homosexuals like Aubrey Beardsley and Oscar Wilde set a fashion for wearing green carnations, either as a recognition signal or because they were so clearly unnatural and sterile but very beautiful (I imagine it sounds better after a glass of absinthe and some opium).
There was even a First uses of the word "pansy" as a slur against homosexual men probably date from the 1920s, but it was already gaining traction for thirty years before that.
It's not known what his motivation for all these proposals was. The pansy is a hardy, even manly plant until the summer heat, but Victorian women were probably attracted more to its delicate petals and soft colors.
Juxtaposing such traits with a congressman who was presumably manly would have looked absurd, so of course Butler's colleagues, many of them Republicans, had a little fun with it, dubbing him "Pansy" Butler.
We old codgers are right spry, considering our creaking joints and dimming eyesight. An advertisement for "Pansy" books at the front of "PANSY" BOOKS Probably no living author has exerted an influence upon the American people at large, at all comparable with Pansy's.
Incidentally, any of you birds who regard ping-pong as a pansy game are hereby challenged. Thousands upon thousands of families read her books every week, and the effect in the direction of right feeling, right thinking, and right living is incalculable.We three valiants guarantee to put you in your place and alter your opinion. Its benefit [that is, the benefit of a subscription volume purchased by one's father "to help out some worthy person"] on one human boy, aged, say, about ten years, was impossible to discover.Of a certainty, that boy got his full share of books of a more interesting type at Christmas, but as these were invariably devoured from cover to cover, not later than the evening of Dec.The light, bright red that has practically held fort alone lately will have to share the honors with several other colors. This theory rests on the idea that when clothiers attempted to sell "pansy purple" neckwear to men, the only buyers were men who were attracted to a color of a "peculiar flamboyant, audacious type that is only seized upon by women." The timing of this sartorial episode is in line with the emergence of the slang usage of I have no idea whether any of the suggested derivations is the actual one—or for that matter, whether more than one of them factored into the usage.Theories 3 and 4 have the advantage of being linked to largely forgotten historical influences, which makes them more appealing (to me), but that doesn't make either of them more likely than the others to be the correct explanation. I wonder whether the author sees Partridge's "Cf.Now in men's ties, the same thing would happen ; only, since pansy has already played out its welcome among the ladies, it is now an old story.