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Lady of the Lake Symbols & Objects

Laura Lippman
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Maddie's African Violet

Maddie's African violet plant represents secrets and deception. When Maddie stages the break-in to her apartment, she hides her engagement ring in the violet's soil. Throughout her affair with Ferdie, she fails to tell him the burglary was a fraud and that the ring is in the pot. During the couple's most significant conversations, Maddie turns her attention to the violet, a sign of her guilt. While each the characters carries a secret, Maddie holds onto hers the longest, fearing what her confessions will do to her relationships.

Cleo's Stole

Cleo's fur stole represents the illusion of freedom. Cleo receives the stole from her illustrious and wealthy boyfriend Ezekiel Taylor. The piece, however, is almost surely stolen from one of Taylor's many dry-cleaning shops, and, as Maddie later realizes, is not of high quality. The stole, however, makes Cleo feel grand, wanted, loved. Just...

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