she <pushed a bit of> forget-me-not in the dark hair of his breast

longxianchen

Senior Member
chinese
Hi,
Here are some words from the novel Lady Chatterley's Lover(page 334, the last paragraph, chapter 15) by Lawrence (planetebook,here):
(background: Mellors put thread some flowers in Connie's maidenhair. Connie suddenly said Mellors was “Knight of the Burning Pestle”, and that she herself was Lady Mortar. Then Connie said: "I’m my-lady-maiden-hair, and you must have flowers too." Then, she threaded two pink campions in the bush of red-gold hair above his penis.)

‘Charming! Charming! Sir John!’ (by Connie)
And she pushed a bit of forget-me-not in the dark hair of his breast.
‘And you won’t forget me there, will you?’ She kissed him on the breast, and made two bits of forget-me-not lodge one over each nipple, kissing him again.


The blue sentence is a little strange for me. Does pushed mean put, and bit means a single petal of a flower?
I reword it as: she put(=pushed) a petal(=bit) of forget-me-not in the black(=dark) hair of his breast.
Thank you in advance
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    Forget-me-not has tiny flowers growing on a low bush. Normally you would pick a sprig or spray of several leaves and flowers, which Lawrence calls a bit. I suppose Mellors has a very hairy chest, so the flower goes deep into the hairs.

     
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