Why is the purple room (royalty, mid-life success) after the white room (old age) if the rooms stand for the 7 life stages?

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According to the text, the "purple" room actually follows the blue room, which is the first room, while the "violet" room follows the white room. The text does not go into detail about the violet room,  but it does say, "The fourth was furnished and lighted with orange --the fifth with white --the sixth with violet." Although violet is a form of purple, it is not often thought to mean royalty or achievement. More often, violet is synonymous with peace and fidelity. Such a color would fit after the white room, since in old age, people often make peace with their lives in preparation for death.

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