You've heard of the "language of flowers," but there's a lesser-known "language of rocks" used to propel love letters through a window pane. When a note is tied to a sedimentary rock, that symbolizes that the sender is feeling fragile and may fall to pieces easily. It can also mean the sender wishes for a liason at the beach. When a metamorphic rock is used, the sender is under intense pressure or feels in a tight squeeze. It can also mean that a shiny (engagement) crystal might appear over time. When an igneous rock is used, it means the sender's heat of passion is cooling, resulting in a hardening of the heart. It can also symbolize that trapped gas bubbles are a problem.
Our illustration is from Drawing-Room Plays, selected and adapted from the French by Lady Adelaide Cadogan and illustrated by E. L. Shute, 1888.