Anemones reminded Agnes of the rustling scarlet taffeta gown Lady Maude Cliffe had worn on a stiflingly hot night in Monte Carlo.
Her ladyship set out for the casino in tearing spirits. In the morning they found her taffeta clad body floating in the harbour.
Society turned accusing eyes on her cuckolded husband, but the coroner disagreed. He ruled that Maude had got even drunker than usual and decided on a midnight dip. She kept her dress on – with fatal consequences.
Rodney Cliffe turned his back on London society, moving to an obscure village where his second wife grew anemones.