"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."— Jane Austen, opening lines to Pride and Prejudice.
"The rose is a rose, And was always a rose."
— Robert Frost
Conventional wisdom generally acknowledges that a single man or woman may consider a mate after a due course of time. Such thinking doesn't always apply... nevertheless, many opt for a relationship, either because we have become smitten or been persuaded that it is no longer fashionable to be a permanent public temptation.
The earliest of roses bloomed with single flowers... brightly colored, with five to eight petals and hips that provided medicinal qualities. These precursors to our modern roses needed to develop prickles (thorns) to survive in the wild. It is generally agreed that the early species were so beautiful and scented, that the Chinese began to introduce them into their gardens more than 5,000 years ago.