There is also some symbolism in her journey down the road from her high class house on the hill down to the lower class cottages at the bottom of the hill. The fact she lowers herself to visit and pay her respects is symbolic. The story also uses a lot of light and dark imagery for symbolic purpose to illustrate the differences in the classes. The array of white flowers and the arum lillies, and banners, and creme in the creme puffs is in contrast to the dirty, dingy homes of the poor. Even the smoke coming from their chimney's is described differently. The poor cottages have smokey smoke that blocks the light, but Laura's house's smoke is described as a silver plume. The colors of clothing are symbolic, as are the contents of the food basket, the garden (of Eden) vs. the real world of poverty and death, Josie's song, and just about everything else in the story!