Of course, in this case, one assumes the thorny gorse bush is meant to be an irritant to keep him from sleeping, but once again, it is associated with movement, and Orlando awakens unharmed from his long slumber. Later, however, when Orlando has become a woman, furze returns with a sense of the menace shown in “Mistress Martyn.” Orlando enters the park of her ancestral home nervously, with “fear that some male form should be hiding behind the furze bush or some savage cow be lowering its horns to toss her” (180).
(D3 285). In this case, the tearing thorns produce a different sort of creative blooming.
|View of Godrevy Lighthouse from Trencrom. Photo by Dana Howard (no visible gorse in bloom in June)|